Christian Rock Singer Attempts Murder on His Wife
One of the Bible's commandments clearly states, "Thou shalt not kill." The commandment, however, fails to elaborate on what constitutes as killing, or murdering, someone, leaving a window of ambiguity open for anyone who does not personally commit murder. The law, on the other hand, is much more precise. The letter of the law clearly states that any participation in the act of murder is a crime from planning a murder to committing a murder. In the case of Tim Lambesis - a Christian rocker from Carlsbad, CA - solicitation of murder was on the menu.
Tim Lambesis' Story
If Lambesis is found guilty, he will be charged for soliciting a murder - contract killing, which, in California, is a felony. The definition and penalties for murder may vary from state-to-state, though all state laws agree that murder is a premeditated act. Even though Lambesis did not personally commit his wife's murder, but his involvement in the act definitely constitutes as murder.
In the United States, the categories for murder charges are as follows:
the murder of a prominent person or political figure by a surprise attack.
the practice of systematically killing young children.
euthanasia, or when one person kills another, with the consent of the person being killed.
a form of murder in which one party hires another party to hires another party to kill a target individual or group of people.
Crime of Passion:
a violent crime, especially murder, in which the perpetrator commits the act against someone usually because of a sudden strong impulse such as rage rather than as a premeditated crime.
Depraved-heart Murder/ Depraved-indifference Murder:
an action, such as murder, that demonstrates a callous disregard for human life and results in death.
the act of murdering two people.
Execution-style Murder / Killing:
an act of criminal murder where the perpetrator kills at close range a conscious victim who is under the complete physical control of the assailant and who has been left with no course of resistance or escape.
an act that causes the death of a fetus.
the homicide of the member of a family or social group by other members, due to the perpetrator's belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community.
the act of killing one or more human beings, usually as an offering to a deity, as part of a religious ritual.
a homicide in which the perpetrator searches for erotic satisfaction by killing someone.
murder by a mob, often by hanging, burning at the stake or shooting, in order to punish an alleged transgressor, or otherwise to intimidate, control, or otherwise manipulate a specific sector of a population.
murdering many people, typically simultaneously or over a relatively short period of time.
an act in which an individual kills one or more other persons before, or at the same time as, killing him- or herself.
a murder in which the murderer does so at the behest of another, acting as his or her proxy such as in a contract murder or by manipulating someone to commit murder.
mass murderers who commit premeditated murder-suicide mass killings driven by revenge fantasies.
a person who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with time in between murders.
someone who kills two or more victims in a short time in multiple locations.
a killing in which the victim and the perpetrator met online, in some cases having known each other previously only through the Internet.
Tim Lambesis' Story
If convicted, Lambesis will most likely serve a state prison sentence, which will make him ineligible to have the offense expunged from his criminal record. Even though murder usually cannot be expunged, some states such as California offer a certificate of rehabilitation to demonstrate the offender's change and progress since the charge. It is important to note that though the offense can never be removed from Lambesis' criminal record. In the event, however, that the court of law should ever see it fit to offer Lambesis a chance, he can receive a certificate of rehabilitation that will appear alongside his conviction, showing future employers, landlords, and the general public that he has been rehabilitated in the eyes of the law since his offense.