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Metal singer charged with soliciting wife's murder

By Julie Watson

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 9 2013 1:05 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, April 8, 2010, Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying performs at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. Authorities say the singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested Tuesday May 7, 2013 in Southern California after trying to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says in a statement that 32-year-old Tim Lambesis was arrested Tuesday in Oceanside. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — The lead singer of heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been charged with plotting to kill his estranged wife.

San Diego County district attorney spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said a single felony count of solicitation of murder was filed against Tim Lambesis late Wednesday.

Lambesis is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Police say Lambesis tried to hire a hitman, but the would-be killer was actually an undercover detective in a sting operation set up after law enforcement received a tip about the plot.

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