Tim Lambesis Trial: Preliminary Hearing is Today
As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis will head to court later today for a preliminary hearing at the San Diego Superior Court in Vista, CA, according to The Washington Post.
MetalSucks readers, time to brush up on that legalese: a preliminary hearing is a sort of pre-trial review of the prosecution’s case. According to Wikipedia, a preliminary hearing takes place after a criminal complaint has been filed to determine whether there is enough evidence to require a trial. If the judge determines that there is probable cause that a crime was committed a proper trial will be scheduled for a future date. Based on all the evidence already laid out publicly against Lambesis, we’re guessing that in this case the preliminary hearing is just a formality. But you never know: perhaps there are weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence. We’ll let you know once we receive more information about the preliminary hearing and a potential court date.
The Washington Post claims that Lambesis could face up to nine years in prison if convicted. This is the first time I can recall seeing any discussion of a possible sentence in coverage of the Tim Lambesis trial.
I wonder how Lambesis’ band-mates are holding up through all of this? Aside from drummer Jordan Mancino’s fill-in gig with Killswitch Engage and that weird spat between band members involving the auctioning off of a guitar, everything’s been incredibly quiet on the As I Lay Dying front.
In case you’re somehow learning about the Lambesis trial for the first time and the above is incredibly confusing to you, you can catch up here.