Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Acquitted Of All Charges In Fan Death
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.05.2013
He is a free man...
Billboard reports that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been acquitted of all charges in connection with the death of one of the band's fans.
Blythe was accused of pushing Daniel Nosek (age 19) from the stage during a 2010 concert in Prague. Nosek hit his head on the concrete floor and died from his injuries two weeks later. Blythe was charged with manslaughter, "causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences." He faced five years in prison if convicted and traveled to Prague to fight the charges.
He wrote: "I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man." He then asked for fans to pray for Nosek's family, adding: "I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support."
The Czech media had been covering the case closely. Blythe didn't even know there was a warrant out for his arrest until he was arrested last June while in Prague for a concert. He spent five weeks in custody before getting out on bail in August and has been in the US ever since.
In a statement, he revealed why he went back to fight the charges instead of staying away from the country. He said: "It would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation. I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME - it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, & it breaks my heart. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably & try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on."
The prosecutor in the case has appealed the verdict.