Metal Singer Busted in Murder-for-Hire Case Police: Tim Lambesis tried to hire undercover detective to kill wife By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted May 8, 2013 2:40 AM CDT 23 comments Comments Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying performs at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) (Newser) – The frontman of Christian-leaning heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested after allegedly trying to hire an undercover cop to kill his estranged wife. Tim Lambesis, 32, was taken into custody without incident near San Diego yesterday, Reuters reports. "The information came to us late last week," a police spokeswoman says. "We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy." Lambesis, who has recorded six albums with As I Lay Dying and two with side project Austrian Death Machine, adopted three children from Ethiopia with his wife Meggan before the pair separated. She filed for dissolution of marriage last fall.