Lamb of God lead singer's manslaughter trial resumes today
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 01:03
By José Goulão from Lisbon, Portugal (Lamb of God) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/license
Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe, 42, is currently on trial for manslaughter on an incident that occurred during a concert in 2010. The incident involved Blythe allegedly pushing a fan off stage, which resulted in the fan's death.
Many witnesses claimed that Blythe was very aggressive on stage that night, but if anyone who has seen or heard his music knows that he is aggressive on stage and in his music.
A witness by the name of Lukas Havlena denies all of the witnesses' testimonies, according to WVTR.
He said he did not think Blythe was aggressive that night, and that fans should realize any aggressive behavior displayed on stage is just part of the show.
He also said each time somebody got on the stage, Blythe demonstrated they weren’t allowed there.
The trial was delayed on Feb. 6. Blythe's defense team asked for the delay because a key witness was sick, according to WVTR news. The trial resumed today in Prague.
Blythe was arrested in 2012 while he was on tour in the Czech Republic. He has been out on bail since the summer and went back to the Czech Republic in February to go to his court hearing. Many witnesses have come forward to testify against the metal singer.
According to Graham Hartmann of Loudwire,
In today’s testimonies, one friend of the deceased fan stated, “He [Randy Blythe] pushed him off the stage. Dan fell on the back of his head. After the concert was over, something wasn’t right about Daniel and we called an ambulance.” One witness also claimed that Blythe asked Daniel if he was okay after taking the fall, and when Daniel replied, “Yes,” Lamb of God continued with their performance.
Brian Kenety of Rolling Stone said that many of the witnesses struggled to remember what happened that night from three years ago.
Blythe posted a picture of someone playing the piano on his Instagram before the trial resumed with the following statement:
And so I need to sleep so that I may face the day tomorrow with a rested body & mind. All the walking & talking & planning & pictures of monuments to tragedy has been wearing on me. Then a few moments ago, as I was on my balcony smoking and thinking about my life I heard some beautiful music coming from below. I looked down and saw these hands, playing the piano. I tried to figure out the melody but I could not. Then I noticed the hands stop, grab a pen, and write on some sheets of paper above the keyboard. I had never heard this music because this person was composing it before my very eyes. What a gift! This person never saw me shooting pictures through their window, and they played beautifully and with out any self-consciousness, totally engaged in the act of creation. Such a beautiful thing to end my day with- you can't ask or pay for such things. I hope you all have a good day tomorrow, & I hope to see you soon.
This message might be the last from the Virginia-based metal singer that his fans will see for more than 10 years.
Many musicians have come forward to defend Blythe.
"And so finally they let him out and now it’s actually going to trial and I really don’t think he in any way, shape or form, is guilty," former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash said in an interview with NME. "So they’re gonna, you know, let this thing run its course I suppose, and you know, because the judicial system here is so different that he was able to stay in jail here for so long, who knows what the verdict’s gonna end up being, it’s hard to say."
The trial has resumed today in Prague with a witness coming forward and his defense team showing inconsistencies in the witness' stories. His defense team also blames the lack of security for the incident. Blythe has gone under many psychological testings and the results have all come back normal.
"When I was in jail, I was given three tests," Blythe said in court, according to Kenety's account. "One was with some blocks, one was looking at some pictures in a magazine as you told stories. . . and the other a Rorschach test, which is a very old test."
The verdict is expected on Tuesday.
If Blythe is found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison for manslaughter. He could also be found guilty of negligence. The victim's family is asking for $500,000 in damages.