LAMB OF GOD - Frontman Randy Blythe's Trial Begins2013-02-05
Randy Blythe, frontman of Lamb Of God, is in the Czech capital of Prague for his trial which started yesterday. After being arrested in the Czech Republic this past summer, detained for five weeks and then released on 400,000 dollars bail, Randy Blythe is back in a Czech court. He is being charged with what amounts to manslaughter, on allegations that he pushed a fan, Daniel Nosek, at a 2010 show in Prague, and the fan suffered head injuries from that push that eventually led to his death.
In addition to facing up to 10 years in prison, the family of the deceased fan is seeking 10 million Czech Koruna, which rounds up to $530,000 U.S., in damages.
Randy posted this message on Instagram: "And so it begins. I am calm & prepared. Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day, y'all!"
According to WTVR, Blythe criticized the lack of security at the concert in question and said he had been worried there was no metal barrier in place to prevent fans from climbing onto the stage. He added Lamb Of God would never allow fans to join them like that, citing safety concerns for both the band and the fans themselves.
The singer did admit to forcing one man off the stage. Asked by the lead judge, Tomás Kubovec, to corroborate witness accounts that he pushed Nosek off the stage, Blythe replied, "I never saw Mr. Nosek or came into contact with him."
Randy said in his statement: "The death of a fan is heartbreaking. I'm not a man who runs from his problems, but I do not wish to be punished and suffer the consequences of an act I did not commit."
In the afternoon, the court heard from Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler and the band's manager, Larry Mazer. Both men praised Blythe's character, labeling him quiet and well read. Any aggression in his character was simply his onstage persona, they said.
The trial is set to last until the end of the week. Today the court will hear from 12 witnesses who attended the concert.