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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Randy Blythe's Trial Delayed

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe's trial for manslaughter in the Czech Republic started earlier this week. It was expected to be finished by the end of the week; however, some unforeseen circumstances have caused the trial to be delayed. Blythe's defense team asked to push the trial back due to one of their witnesses being ill as well as two other key witnesses being unable to attend the trial this week. After the last of the testimony today, Blythe is expected to return to the United States until the trial resumes on March 4, 2013.

The only person to testify today before the trial is delayed for another month was Lukas Havlena, who contacted Blythe's defense after hearing some of the witness accounts of Blythe being "aggressive" at the show on the night in question that ultimately led to Daniel Nosek's death. Havlena told the court that Blythe was not aggressive and anything that could be construed that way was just part of the show. Additionally, he said that Blythe and his security personnel made it clear that fans were not allowed on stage.

When the trial resumes next month, some of Havlena's friends as well as security personnel are expected to testify. Blythe maintains that he will once again return to the Czech Republic in order to stand trial. Blythe maintains his innocence and reminds people that this case is very sad and that it is not the fault of the Czech Republic, who many of his fans have been raging against. He issued a statement on Instagram today that read as follows:

"I have read a few news reports of the progress of my case, and trust me- many things are incorrect. But this is the Internet, and of course things are half-baked anyway. Keep in mind that translation is difficult, and many things can be lost, for Czech is a VERY DIFFICULT language. So wait and see, as I am. It is all I can do, except be honest & fight for my freedom in my own way.

I also have heard of some people (not on here) talking smack about the Czech Republic, saying "Fuck the Czech Republic", etc. This not how it should be. This is a very sad case, not something to rage at people you do not know over.

I am not angry with the Czechs at all. A fan of my band is dead- what do I have to be angry about? I am an INNOCENT man, but I am also a very sad man right now. To not be sad in this instance would be inhuman. But mad at the Czech people? Why would I be mad at them?

Here, look at this picture- a mother watches her baby. The child reaches out for something new, laughing and chasing a pretty picture in the air. It is the same here as everywhere else. Do you see?!?!?

Life is beautiful. I hope to see y'all soon."

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