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Hearing set for rocker accused of hiring hit man

Hearing set for rocker accused of hiring hit man

Tim Lambesis, 32, front man for the Christian-inspired heavy metal group As I Lay Dying, appears in Vista Superior Court in Vista, Calif. on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Labesis, who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill his wife, pleaded not guilty to a single count of solicitation for murder. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted. AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Bill Wechter, Pool Photo: Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The frontman for the Grammy-winning band “As I Lay Dying” is due back in court to determine whether he will stand trial on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

The prosecution will argue its case against Timothy Lambesis during a preliminary hearing Monday in San Diego Superior Court in Vista.

Prosecutors say Lambesis paid $1,000 to a detective posing as a hit man. Investigators say the undercover operation was staged after the singer told a man at his gym on April 23 and again the next day that he wanted his wife killed, complaining that she was making it difficult for him to see their three adopted children and impossible to complete their divorce.

Lambesis has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder.

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