Lamb of God Frontman Randy Blythe Indicted on Manslaughter Charges in the Czech Republic
Well the worst that could happen at this point in the Randy Blythe manslaughter case has in fact happened. According to Blabbermouth, the Lamb of God frontman will have to stand trial in the Czech Republic on charges stemming from an on-stage incident back in 2010.
I'd be lying if I told you I knew exactly what the hell the deal is with the Czech Republic's legal system because I don't have a clue how it works but what I do know is that at this point the court has three months to set a date for the trial or send the case back for further investigation. I don't know what exactly to think but it doesn't sound good and seeing how Randy has insisted he'll go back and face his charges, the nightmare appears to be far from over for him.
Lamb of God's manager Larry Mazer has issued a statement in regards to the indictment:
After a three-month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.
While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man's injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band's stage.
"In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the Internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.
"At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance.
I'm trying to get my head around the fact that there is a distinct possibility that a man who was only doing what he does every night on stage is facing ten years because he was involved in an unfortunate accident.
We'll keep you posted.