The lead singer of the metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested and charged with seeking to have his ex- wife killed, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
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(CNN) -- The lead singer of the metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested and charged with seeking to have his wife killed, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
Authorities said Tuesday that Tim Lambesis had tried to contract an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas, California. He is charged with solicitation of another to commit murder.
The department learned on May 2 that Lambesis had asked someone to carry out the killing and an investigation was initiated, it said.
The investigation culminated Tuesday afternoon, "when Lambesis solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife," it said. He was arrested without incident at a business in Oceanside and taken to the Encinitas Station and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
The band's representative did not return a message seeking comment.
As I Lay Dying was nominated in 2008 for a Grammy Award for best metal performance. The band has released seven studio albums and a live CD, according to its website.
Asked last year in an interview with HardNoise Online Radio about how his time on the road affected his home life, Lambesis said, "If there was a way to be home but still make a living playing music, I would do that in a heartbeat.
"But the catch is that, as a profession, this is what I'm passionate about. And then my personal life, what I'm passionate about is my loved ones back home. So, you know, those two have a conflict with each other. The only thing I can do is find a balance where, if I am gone a month on tour, then I find a month to be home and just kind of even it out that way."
Asked in January about whether his group was a Christian metal band, he told NoiseCreep the band decided not to discuss "the spiritual topic" so that listeners would focus on their music.
"We didn't preach at our shows, our goal has always been to just write the best music we can write," he said. "Of course religion has some influence on the things that we write about just like all of our life experiences do but as a band, we want to be judged on the music rather than what our personal beliefs are."
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