Randy Blythe of Lamb of God Indicted on Manslaughter Charge
The State Attorney’s office in Prague, Czech Republic has officially indicted Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe (pictured left) on manslaughter charges, according to a Czech media outlet.
The charges come in relation to the death of a fan at a Lamb of God concert two years ago. The fan fell off the stage and later died of head injuries. When the band went to the Czech Republic to tour this summer, the authorities arrested Blythe and he sat in prison for over a month.
The court now has three months to set an official date for a trial or they could send the case back for further investigation.
Blythe could face five to ten years in prison if convicted.
Lamb of God's manager Larry Mazer has made the following statement regarding Blythe's 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."