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Hearing set for rocker accused of hiring hitman

7:05 AM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
Tim Lambesis performs at the 2nd annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at Club Nokia on April 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The frontman for the Grammy-winning band "As I Lay Dying" is due back in court to determine whether he will stand trial on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

The prosecution will argue its case against Timothy Lambesis during a preliminary hearing Monday in San Diego Superior Court in Vista.

Prosecutors say Lambesis paid $1,000 to a detective posing as a hit man. Investigators say the undercover operation was staged after the singer told a man at his gym on April 23 and again the next day that he wanted his wife killed, complaining that she was making it difficult for him to see their three adopted children and impossible to complete their divorce.

Lambesis has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder.

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