We’ve known since December that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial would begin in February, and earlier today in Prague, the trial began. The trial will apparently last until this coming Friday (8) , at which point we’ll know whether he’s found guilty or no. Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison on charges that he was responsible for the death of 19 year-old Daniel Nosek, who slipped into a coma and later died after stage diving at a 2010 Lamb of God show. In addition to the jail time, the deceased fan’s parents are also seeking 10 million Czech Crowns, which is about $530,000, from Blythe.
Blythe arrived at the municipal court stating “I keep my word, Promised I’d arrive to court, so here I am,” according to a Czech news report. So far, it looks like drummer Chris Adler is also testifying, as the report claims that that he said in court testimony that he didn’t see anything. Blythe stated that since he’s nearsighted and doesn’t wear glasses onstage, all he can really see are silhouettes. Yet he remembered that a fan (or fans) kept climbing on stage.
According to the singer, however, one of the fans climbed on stage throughout the show.”The first time he ran towards me, waving at me, then jumped off the stage and waited for the crowd grabs him,” said Blythe. The second time, a man apparently did not want to leave the stage.”I thought it might be dangerous, he is hugging me.’s When I decided to give him clear that the stage is not welcome,” said the singer. Then he described that while singing, grabbing a fan’s shirt, knocked him to the ground, knelt him repeatedly and emphatically told him: “Do not go on stage, stop it.”
We’ll continue to give you trial updates as this case plays out. It’s a relief to know that one way or the other, there will be closure by the end of the week, and hopefully there will be a satisfactory resolution for both parties.