Since returning from the Czeck Repoublic in August, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has lived with the uncertainty of a looming trial, for which he could land in a foreign prison up to ten years if convicted.
On June 27th, Blythe was arrested by Czech authorities just after stepping off a plane in Prague. He was charged in connection with a fan’s death in 2010. According to Blythe’s Czech attorney, police believed that during a 2010 concert in Prague an audience member climbed onto the stage and the singer pushed him off, resulting in his head hitting the floor. The 18 year old fan later died weeks later from the alleged injuries. After spending more than a month in prison, Blythe posted bail twice and weeks later was finally released to return to the U.S.
During Blythe’s first interview stateside, the singer told KROQ’s Kevin & Bean he’d return to face his accusers if asked. “It could be right after or the beginning of next year. If I have to go, I will go.” Blythe told a Virginia CBS television affiliate, “I have to go around the world and tour, you know. That’s what I do. I’m not going to hide here. I’m an innocent man. I’m going to go to court and see what happens.”
Over the summer, fellow musicians donated valuable instruments and collectables to help raise money for Blythe’s defense fund. The time may have come to use these resources.
According to Czech news site Novinki.cz, the prosecutor officially indicted Blythe by filing the case today. This filing starts a ticking clock, leaving three months for the court to schedule the first hearing or send it back to investigators.
– Jay Tilles, CBS Local