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Singer for Grammy-Nominated Band Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot AP

The lead singer for a Grammy-nominated metal band has been arrested in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. The Associated Press reports that Tim Lambesis, 32, lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying, was arrested Tuesday in Southern California.

He’s accused of trying to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.

Lambesis “was taken into custody while shopping at a retail business in Oceanside, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement,” the story reports. “Detectives received information Thursday that Lambesis had solicited someone to kill his wife, who lives in nearby Encinitas, the statement said. A task force from several law enforcement agencies launched an investigation that led to the arrest.”

Lambesis was charged with three federal counts -- one count of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, the article reports. No additional details were provided by police.

“As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and has released six albums, including 2007's ‘An Ocean Between Us,’ which reached No. 8 on Billboard's charts,” the report notes. “A single from the album, ‘Nothing Left,’ was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance. Their last album, ‘Awakened,’ came out in September on Metal Blade Records.”

The band is scheduled to begin a U.S. tour later this month.

The report adds: “Lambesis, known for his signature growling vocals, had recently raised more than $78,000 from fans to fund his side project, Austrian Death Machine, a metal band mocking the film work of Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to the Los Angeles Times. The top prize, for those who spent $5,000, was to have the winner's initials tattooed on Lambesis' buttocks, the newspaper said.”

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