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.”

 

 

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  • KellDogg

    Such bullshit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001814244671 RavenSkye Walden

    That’s crazy :/

  • alan

    what a joke this is so fuckin sad. he didnt do anything. this has to do with his looks and music. they prob just think hes a criminal since everyone in the world is so judggmental. this is such bullshit. courts are a fucking joke and if he gets convicted im going to be pissed. he didnt do a goddamn thing it says right in the article he fell off the stage. he didnt push him or throw him. how can u say its manslaughter. you know how many times this happens in concert. its all a fuckin conspiracy

    • randy

      do you even know the whole story behind it? jesus christ educate yourself. do a search on google. read some articles, dimwit.

      • Benny BP

        what excactly do you mean by that? the fan was on the stage several times, and got pushed down. Only one of those times did Randy have his hands on him, and at that time, the guard did push him too. There are videos of the guy getting thrown backwards to the floor by a guard even before he got on the stage. He could have gotten his injuries there. and by the way, he didn’t die rigth away but days later on a hospital. Randy isn’t guilty of anything here.

  • JulieD

    The fan fell off the stage? How the fuck was Randy responsible for that? That is a risk you take…he could have had the crap kicked out of him in a mosh….he chose to do it!

    • isaac

      no, the fan went on the stage and the vocalist pushed him off stage. the guy landed on his head, killing him afterwards.

      • Sundry

        the fan went on stage multiple times, Randy pushed him once, the time he hit his head was not the time Randy pushed him.

      • Michael

        Dude he didn’t die after the fall. He died after spending 28 days in a Czech hospital. He could have contracted an infection seeing how they’re not as first world country like the US is.

        • sean

          Actually Czech has a very good healthcare system. Our healthcare system is in the lower 50th percentile.

          • sean

            I live in America just to make that clear.

          • Sean the American Idiot

            If you are saying that the Czech Republic has better hospitals and doctors and equipment then the USA you’ve obviously never been hurt in the Czech Republic!

      • Michael

        Dude he didn’t die after the fall. He died after spending 28 days in a Czech hospital. He could have contracted an infection seeing how they’re not as first world country like the US is.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746881001 Jeremy Stuart Thompson

        Two people gave him help off the stage, the security guard most of it. Randy barely had a hand on him. Regardless, there is no video proof that I’ve seen that he landed on his head. Furthermore, as stated many times by many witnesses. This fool rushed the stage 2 times before. If he landed on his head, it’s because the rest of the crowd realized he was a prick for doing what he did and didn’t catch him. Not Randy’s fault, Not the Band’s fault. His fault. Just because you don’t like L.O.G., doesn’t mean he’s guilty. Personally I want to know how the hell they can prove via video that was the guy. Slender white male and a metal concert with long hair. Can we say needle in a haystack?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523041630 Duane Drummond

        The security guard is the one who knocked him off the stage jackass!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Terry/1103310019 Kevin Terry

        your fucking stupid … watch the video moron .. randy barley even touches the kid,, then then guard comes in and shoves him off ..

        • SouthSide316

          I love it when people say “your fucking stupid” in attempts to invalidate the intelligence of other people in a debate …

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Terry/1103310019 Kevin Terry

            well you repeated it so where is your intelligence in this debate,

            and ”YOU’RE**

      • http://www.facebook.com/theconqueringsound Steven Walker

        it was the security guard but whatever and more accurately he ended up in a coma and died some months after and the band didn’t even know he was injured or anything until they revisited the country 2 years later and Randy was arrested at the airport. no attempt was even made to contact the band or Blythe on the matter. Randy has an extremely good case for himself I don’t think any jury would convict under the circumstances even the footage that has surfaced has little holding as evidence. Randy Blythe himself has chosen to face trial instead of hiding from it and thats good. overall I think he’ll be just fine but it one of those fucking things you gotta keep an eye on and just hope.

    • handsomejack47

      If you look at the video, you can see that while Randy did give the fan a push, it was the on-stage security guard that full-on rammed him off the stage. The security guard was built like a fucking refrigerator, by the way.

      • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.sutherland2 Dale Sutherland

        Yes your right the security guard was huge & I can’t believe this security guards name isn’t involved? I think this is going to be a very long dragged out affair for Randy but I do believe he will be found not guilty,unless this becomes a crooked case like OJ Simpson’s trial.

  • Duggus

    Dear Czech Republic metal fans: Say goodbye to ANY metal band ever playing there live again.

    • Anon

      So one isolated incident is going to deter any metal band from performing live in the Czech Republic? Yeah, right.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vitaeavail Jacob Devin Cline

        More than just an isolated incident. This is a pretty big, pretty famous case.

      • ballsinyourthroatanon

        yeah fuck em.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.w.kruger Eric Wolfgang Kruger

    FUCK YOU CZECH REPUBLIC COURT SYSTEM!

  • http://twitter.com/DrDeathGrip Jay Jensen

    This is straight up bullshit

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.nixon.14 Jim Nixon

    Ridiculous, to be sure. But my question is this – why did he go back?

  • greek mike

    if he gets convicted, many people will get violent… the govt of the czech republic needs to seriously weigh the political backlash on this one… the world is so fucked at this point, people are looking for any reason to riot .

  • Totem183

    Just a huge box of shit!

  • Guest

    I call BULLSHIT!

  • Msmugler

    I call BULLSHIT!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DementeD819 Alex Good

    If I can’t see Lamb of God live for 10 years I will go shit on this fans grave.

  • CoBHC

    I Randy goes to prison, I go to war with the Czech Republic. Who is down? I will fly over there and fuck shit up hard. They dont like mosh pits? How about a riot pit?!

    • Anon

      War with the Czech Republic? Right, because it was the whole country of Czech Republic responsible for this. It was the fan’s fault, and from there it went downhill, if there is someone to go to war with its the family.

  • Sebas

    Bullshit! If convicted just wait there will be so many riots.

  • Nick

    wow this is such horseshit i want to lay a dump on the czech republic. like right on their chest

  • shawn77

    Sad if he goes to jail fans dont need to be on stage at all unless invited by the bad

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.howard.94651 Richard Howard

    this is garbage…… if you go to a concert and jump up on the stage during everything going on… your responsible for what happens to you… end of story. People know they aren’t supposed to be on the stage.

  • Spencer Ferri

    What? A guy rushes your stage three times, after a third time when the security guards decide not to stop him you defend yourself, the guy falls off the stage and dies and you go to jail for ten years? Laws around violence are so ambiguous that your life can be ruined or destroyed so easily by the combined malice and apathy of others.

  • Angry beaver

    I watched the video of the incident, as a security officer I should let you all know that those fans shouldn’t have even made it to the stage in the first place because shit like this will happen. Randy tried being considerate and let the fan stage dive, unfortunately no one caught him and he hit his head on the ground. The security should have done their jobs, got on stage and tore that guy a new asshole. Whats the venue paying them for?

  • terry

    such a shame, I guess all bands/musicians will need to post: STAY OFF THE STAGEFUCKING IDIOTS

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715185622 Robert Brooks

    Don’t ever go back to that country Randy.

  • fuck duggus

    Czech metal fans?! if we can forget any metal bands in our country, then you are fucking stupid haters………….

  • fuck duggus

    Czech metal fans?! if we can forget any metal bands in our country, then you are fucking stupid haters………….

  • mommymensa

    the states attorney probably got a lot of pressure from the guys family and the conservative public, although it will be a costly pain in ass, he will be acquitted when all is said and done, the circumstances are too ambiguous and inconclusive…

  • devinmetalhead97

    it isnt randys fault first of all, the three times the fan was on stage he had his hands on him once, the fuckin security threw him off, it should be their responsibility if not the fans. but i remember not to be a prick about it because it was a fan, and they died, dont blame randy…..