A heavy metal singer has appeared in court charged with hiring a hitman to murder his estranged wife.
Frontman of the Christian-inspired group As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis, 32, is accused of handing over an envelope containing $1,000 in cash to an undercover police officer to pay for his wife Meggan Lambesis to be killed.
A court heard how he also handed the fake hitman a photograph of his wife with her address and the security gate code.
Lambesis also allegedly gave a list of dates he would be with their children to give him an alibi.
The singer yesterday pleaded not guilty to solicitation of murder at his first court appearance at San Diego North County court in Vista.
A judge set bail at $3 million and said if he is released, he must wear a GPS monitoring device and face strict travel restrictions.
Claudia Grasso, a San Diego County deputy district attorney, told the court the singer had emailed his wife while on tour in August that he didn’t love her, he wanted to end the relationship, and he no longer believed in God.