Tim Lambesis, 33, lead singer for the band As I Lay Dying,
had been in a custody dispute with his wife, Meggan, over their
three children in May 2013 when he asked a personal trainer at
his gym if he knew anyone who could kill his wife, according to
charging documents in the criminal case.
The trainer contacted the San Diego Sheriff's Department, which
sent an undercover detective to meet with Lambesis.
As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Lambesis admitted
that he had paid the undercover detective $1,000 in cash for the
murder, with an additional $19,000 to be paid when his wife of
eight years was dead.
He also gave the officer photos of his wife, the address of her
complex and codes for the security gates, and a list of dates
when he would have their three adopted children with him to
provide an alibi, according to court documents.
Lambesis had faced up to nine years in prison as part of the
The four remaining members of As I Lay Dying have announced they
have formed a new band called Wovenwar, with a new singer.
(Reporting by Marty Graham; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Mohammad
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