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Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe is a free man now that he’s been acquitted of manslaughter charges by a Czech court. Although Blythe was declared innocent in the case involving the death of a young fan at a 2010 Lamb of God show, the frontman wants fans to know that it does not change the fact that a young man named Daniel Nosek is deceased.
With this in mind, Blythe took to his Instagram account to give fans a deeper understanding of his current state of mind while documenting a visit he paid Nosek’s family, whom Blythe describes as “good people” who “did nothing wrong.”
Check out what Randy Blythe posts about Prague, Czech Republic, the legal process, Daniel Nosek and his family before he was back to the United States.
Welcome home Randy! Rest in peace Daniel Nosek.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was acquitted of manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic when a not guilty verdict was handed down today (March 5). After spending five weeks in a a Czech prison this past summer and standing trial over two sessions this winter, Blythe is a free man.
Prior to the verdict, Blythe addressed the courtroom today, stating, “I know I did not hurt or want to hurt anybody that night. I can understand the pain that the family of Daniel is experiencing. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. I have searched for an answer to this situation, the only one I can find to this tragic and horrible accident.”
According to The Gauntlet, earlier today, the last expert testimony of the trial came from a biomechanics expert who testified that the alleged victim, Daniel Nosek, could not have turned his body 180 degrees if pushed off the stage. The expert also stated that Nosek would have had to have jumped to land beyond the first row of fans.
This morning, before entering the court, Blythe took to his Instagram account, to post the following message:
”It’s a beautiful morning in Prague, & time for me to go to what is (hopefully) my final day in court here- supposedly judgement will be passed today & I will move on with my life in one direction or the other. Which direction that is, I do not know. I could walk free, or conversely go to prison for up to ten years. Such is my life right now, & I must stay in this moment until its resolution. Whatever happens to me, do not feel sorry for me, for I am at peace & refuse to feel sorry for myself. Life happens. Deal with it. Some people cannot understand why I have returned, saying I should not come back here. KNOW THIS, & mark my words well- 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. For me, this is BEING A MAN. I categorically refuse to live in a constant state of guilt & fear. I would rather die. My morality & convictions are not dependent upon unforeseeable circumstance, nor malleable when difficulty arises. So I walk this morning to court with my head held high, no matter what others opinions of me may be. I have to face myself in the mirror, & tomorrow morning, where ever I may wake up, I will be able to do that without regret. This is THE ONLY path to true freedom for me- peace within myself. This is the manner in which I choose to try my best to live my life, & I hope you all do the same- do your best to do what is right, no matter how difficult it may be. I promise you, this will bring you peace. I thank you all for your support, I wish you all a good day, & to quote one of my favorite movies: STRENGTH AND HONOR.
Then, after the not guilty verdict, the Lamb of God frontman posted the following message accompanied by the photo below:
”I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade- it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy”
Have a safe trip back home, Randy! See ya aroud! – Venia-Mag
Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was officially indicted on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. It is now being reported that Blythe will stand trial for the controversial charges on Feb. 4, 2013.
Upon being indicted, the Prague 8 District Court had two decisions they could have made. The court had three months to either delay the trial in order to continue the collection of evidence, or set an official date. That decision has now been made and Blythe will begin legal proceedings on Feb. 4.
“We have issued Randy Blythe with a court summons, and he is obliged to attend the hearing in person,” said court spokeswoman Martina Lhotáková [via Prague Post]. “The trial will determine the culpability of Blythe and his potential punishment.”
Blythe has stated that although he could easily hide out in the United States to avoid court proceedings, he will cooperate with the Czech legal system. The vocalist was jailed for over a month earlier this year on accusations of manslaughter after a fan died from head injuries supposedly sustained at a Lamb of God show in 2010.
According to Lhotáková, Blythe’s Czech trial is expected to last four days. Although the date has officially been set, the court still has the option of sending the case back to the prosecutor and police for further investigation.
“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,” he comments. “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.”
Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was released from a Czech prison on Aug. 2, and although he’s back home in the United States and touring with his band, word has just come through of a major development in his case. The State Attorney’s Office in Prague officially indicted Blythe on manslaughter charges on Friday, Nov. 30, which means that Blythe will likely stand trial in the near future.
According to Czech news source Novinky.cz, the District Court now has three months to either set a trial date or to delay the hearing in lieu of further investigation. If convicted of manslaughter as a result of his future trial, Randy Blythe could face 5-10 years in prison.
Blythe has publicly stated that he will not hide out in the United States if summoned for a trial in the Czech Republic, despite the potentially horrific outcome.
The controversial arrest of Randy Blythe stems from an incident in which a man died nearly a month after he sustained a head injury following an apparent stage fall while attending a Lamb of God concert in the Czech Republic in 2010. Blythe spent five weeks in a Czech prison over the summer as several legal proceedings delayed his release on bail.
This year, Randy Blythe, vocalist of Lamb of God, got arrested under suspicion of murdering fan Daniel Nosek, on a show in the Czech Republic in 2010.
Nosek died a month after attending a Lamb of God show. He sustained a head injury after trying to invade the stage, what led to a brain haemorrhage. Until now, prosecutors still haven’t revealed any evidence to prove when or how he was hurt, and there’s also no evidence to support their claim that Blythe was directly involved.
As Lamb of God are preparing for their first tour since Blythe’s release, drummer Chris Adler confirms that they won’t modify the aggressive style of their performance.
He points out that there will be high level of security attendance and tells Billboard: “It’s difficult for us to say this was something that was our fault, and that we should change how we’re doing things. We’re already trying to look out for those kind of incidents.
“This is obviously a terrible tragedy that nobody foresaw or intended to happen. But it’s such a random series of events that I don’t think us changing what we do would stop it from happening again.”
Adler says: “They haven’t played their hand out in what they have on us. How they’re going about prosecuting is a mystery to us. Not knowing how their justice system works, and being repeatedly surprised by events from when we landed there, who knows what will happen.“
The likes of Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel, Slash and Five Finger Death Punch have all contributed guitars to the auction, while Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have each contributed a bass, and Five Finger Death Punch also have contributed a signed skateboard. To bid on some of the items, head over to the Lamb Of God auction on eBay.
Randy was released from prison on August 3 following his arrest on charges of manslaughter upon touching down in Prague, Czech Republic earlier this summer.
Randy Blythe’s Czech attorney Martin Radvan told Radio Prague that frontman will have to return to the Czech Republic to face trial.
Lamb Of God returned to the live stage on Friday, August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa as part of Slipknot‘s first-ever Knotfest, an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival.
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was released from a prison in Prague on August 2, more than a month after he was arrested and incarcerated. Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan attending a Lamb Of God show died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.
Blythe said that he had no memory at all of the incident in question, saying, “I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead and his family has to go through it, it’s terrible, I feel awful for them but it’s a tragic coincidence . . . we had no knowledge whatsoever that someone had been injured much less died.” The case is expected to be heard in court in Prague in December. Blythe and his bandmates are already rescheduling a canceled U.S. tour for October.
Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe has criticised the US government for failing to warn him that he would face arrest in the Czech Republic for alleged manslaughter.
The singer was originally arrested on June 27 at Prague airport over an incident that took place on May 24, 2010 at the band’s show at Club Abaton in Prague. He then spent 38 days behind bars before being released on August 3.
According to reports, a fan jumped up onstage where a tussle ensued in which the fan, known only as Daniel N, was injured. The victim, who fell from the stage and hit his head on the venue’s concrete floor, later died, reportedly as a result of those injuries.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Blythe lashed out at the US Justice Department for not warning him about entering the Czech Republic and of the manslaughter charge.
He said: “The Czech authority sent a letter to the Justice Department, and our government told them basically where they can get off. They said, ‘No, we won’t cooperate’. I don’t know if the American government thought there was not enough basis for them to pursue an investigation.
“Regardless, what I’m a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn’t have the courtesy to contact me – in any way, shape or form – and say, ‘Hey, you’re wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country’.”
The singer also feels aggrieved that more wasn’t done to help him while he was in prison, saying: “I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the US Embassy. One. And they didn’t really do much for me. They were just like, ‘Are they torturing you?’ ‘No’. ‘OK, goodbye’. I didn’t hear anything from them.”
Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. Lamb Of God have been forced to cancel the rest of their tour as a result of Blythe‘s arrest.
After being held in a Czech prison for more than a month, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was released on Thursday (Aug.2) and his first post-prison interview was captured by the Czech media outlet TN.cz. The reporter and his camera crew caught up with Blythe while he was waiting at the airport to fly home to the United States.
He talked about the concert in Prague in 2010 and his current legal situation, his time in prison as well saying that while it wasn’t exactly fun he was still grateful for what he had instead of what he didn’t have. He said he spent his time writing, exercising and talking to cellmates. “The inmates were very cool to me,” said Blythe. “Nobody was mean to me at all, I had no problems.”
At the end of the interview Blythe reiterated that he’s no flight risk and will return to Prague if necessary, explaining, “ I’m an international touring artist, I have to clear my name. So, yes, I will come back (to Prague) if I’m called to court.”.”
Watch the interview HERE.
Yesterday in the afternoon (cca. 13:00 h, CET) Lamb Of God frontman has laned in New York and made his way back home to Richmond, Virginia.
On his layover in New York, Blythe updated his Instagram with photo of him and a fan who came to the airport to greet him. He also included this heartfelt message:
“I apologize for my absence. I had an unexpectedly lengthy layover in the Czech Republic. This lovely young woman named Lia came to the [New York City] airport just to say, ‘Randy, I’m glad you’re home.’ WHAT A SWEETHEART! Her boyfriend Gary had to work, so we called him on his cell. WE HAVE AWESOME FANS! How rad to be greeted by one for my layover in NYC. Soon I’ll be home in [Richmond, Virginia].
Thanks for your good thoughts and prayers.
I’ll release a statement soon.
Yee-haw and God bless the U.S.A.!!!!!!!!!”