Day two of Randy Blythe’s five-day manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic has wrapped up. While the trial is being largely ignored by the mainstream media in the United States, Czech TV appears to be taking it pretty seriously, as they reported from the trial yesterday. The report seems largely sympathetic to Blythe, and suggests that many journalists didn’t even think the Lamb of God frontman would show up for the trial, which stemmed from a 2010 incident in which a fan stage-dove at a Lamb of God show. 19 year-old Daniel Nosek died two weeks later, reportedly from head injuries.
On day two, eight fans that were at the 2010 concert testified. Some were friends of Nosek, while others were friends of Milan Poranek, another concertgoer that Blythe admitted he pushed off stage at the same show. Blythe challenged one witness that said that ‘several incidents’ occurred in the first half of the show, which Blythe said that video evidence refuted. Other witnesses couldn’t recall everything that happened at the show. And one of Nosek’s friends claimed that Blythe ran from backstage to push him off the stage, which no one else mentioned.
On day one, Blythe claimed he wasn’t guilty. “I’m not a man who runs from his problems, but I do not wish to be punished and suffer the consequences of an act I did not commit,” he told the court. A report from Richmond station WTVR says that among those testifying were Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and manager Larry Mazer. Blythe faces a maximum of ten years, and Nosek’s family is seeking about $530,000 for the death of their son.