VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a heavy metal singer slipped an envelope containing $1,000 in cash to an undercover agent with detailed instructions on how to kill his estranged wife.
The disclosure came in a San Diego-area courtroom on Thursday after 32-year-old Tim Lambesis pleaded not guilty to solicitation of murder.
A judge set bail at $3 million. If convicted, Lambesis could face up to nine years in prison.
A prosecutor said Lambesis met earlier this month with the agent, who posed as a hitman.
Prosecutors say Lambesis gave the agent a photograph of his wife, her address, security gate code and dates he would be with his children to give him an alibi.
Lambesis, lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying, was accused of meeting the agent after telling someone at his gym that he wanted his wife dead.
A defense attorney told reporters that it appears the singer was set up by the man at the gym.