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Randy was found not guilty in his manslaughter trial earlier this year

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has had a hell of a year, and the singer has revealed that he will be publishing a special memoir that’ll cover his incredible twelve months, including his arrest for manslaughter, his time in prison and his emotional trial and acquittal.

“While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told,” says Randy. “I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.”

The currently untitled opus will land next yea via Da Capo Press/Random House

Lamb Of God play Bloodstock in August – get your tickets now from bloodstock.uk.com.

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Randy Blythe might be a free man after his overwhelming trial in the Czech Republic on allegations of manslaughter, for which he was cleared, but at what cost? For one, a fan of theirs is dead, which is a tragedy. But also, while trying to free their band member's name, Lamb of God apparently went …

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Randy was found not guilty in his manslaughter trial earlier this year

The Czech Republic High Court have upheld the verdict that found Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Not Guilty of manslaughter, meaning that the case has finally come to a close.

The verdict was passed on March 5 after Randy was charged following the death of a fan in Prague after a Lamb of God gig in 2010.

Randy posted an extremely poignant blog concerning his feelings on the court case a few weeks back, with LOG set to return to the UK for the first time since his arrest when they headline the Saturday night of Bloodstock in August.

 

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Randy was found not guilty in his manslaughter trial earlier this year

Randy Blythe has posted another extremely poignant, thought-provoking and particularly moving blog that expressed some of the conflicting emotions he felt upon hearing that he was found not guilty of the manslaughter of Lamb of God fan Daniel Nosek.

He also underlines the dignity and lack of malice that underpinned the attitude and actions of Daniel’s family throughout the trial and reinstates his call for compassion directed at the people that have been most affected by Daniel’s death. It’s an amazing read, some of which is below:

“When I returned to Prague for trial, answering the charge of killing a young man named Daniel Nosek who was a fan of my band, one of the biggest hurdles I and my legal team faced was attempting to explain the atmosphere of a heavy metal show, trying to get across to three Czech judges how smashing into other people and flying through the air over a crowd in the hopes of being caught was a normal thing. From the perspective of folks who are not a part of our scene, these seem to be the actions of insane people.

“Why would anyone do such a thing? You could be severely injured.”

“Over and over throughout my trial, the witnesses and myself were asked if we knew what “stage diving” and “moshing” were, then asked to explain these things. Slowly, through a translator and with the help of videos we put together, we tried our best to show that the aggressive nature of our music and other bands like mine was not an expression of malice. My character was questioned again and again, several witnesses saying ludicrous things like how my quick onstage movements, my deep voice, my profuse sweating, and how I dumped water over my head (astoundingly, I do it because I’m sweaty and hot) was clearly evidence of the fact that I was drunk, on some sort of drugs, and yes, even evil. I was sober as a judge that night, thank God, and I know I never intended anyone harm, otherwise I would not have been able to fight for my freedom. I would have had to tell the judges “I do not know what happened. Maybe I did try to hurt this man. I just do not know. I cannot remember- I was drunk.” As a sober, responsible adult, my conscious would not have allowed otherwise.

Randy in court earlier this year

“Sober or not, convincing these judges that our show and others like it aren’t some sort violently nihilistic orgy of hate and self-destruction took a little doing. Explaining via a state supplied translator what you and I take for granted as people having fun at a show was one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced. It was like trying to tell a person who has been blind from birth what the color purple looks like. People outside of our scene cannot be expected to understand the way we act at shows without a lengthy explanation, and even then they may just think you are crazy. But in the end I was exonerated, and I am a free man as of this moment.

“The family of Daniel Nosek never attacked me in the press. They never wished me ill, either publicly or privately. They did not smear my name in front of any judge, prosecutor, or police officer, did not stare at me malevolently in the court room. For this I am eternally grateful to them. I certainly would understand if they had, and would have made no attempt to dissuade them from holding a low opinion of me, for all they knew about me was what the Czech press had initially published- a picture of me as a barbaric murderous American with evil intent. I know what it feels like to hold my dead child in my arms. The emotions one goes through are absolutely indescribable. If I had had a finger to point at someone for taking my daughter from me, I probably would have, especially if there had been the sort of media circus that surrounded my arrest.

Randy’s trial attracted the attention of the world’s media

“Daniel’s family did not point any fingers at me. They just wanted to know the truth of what had happened to their son, so they came to court and listened as I did my best to provide them with what I knew. Before the verdict was delivered, the uncle of Daniel (who was the family’s representative in court) told the judge that no amount of money was going to bring their boy back, and after hearing the evidence, withdrew the family’s motion against me for damages. He also wanted me to know that Daniel had died on his father’s birthday, and that Daniel’s mother had been unable to function at her job since Daniel’s death.

“That was it. They didn’t want anything from me in that courtroom except for me to understand how this had affected them. There was no malice, just the real, honest, pain that I was already regrettably so familiar with. It was one of the most amazing displays of strength and dignity I have ever witnessed.”

Read the blog in full over on Randy’s tumblr

Lamb Of God play Bloodstock in August

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Randy Blythe may have had good news with his ‘not guilty’ verdict, but the band are saddened by the loss of Daniel Nosek who was at the center of the manslaughter trial will be forever.

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Frontman returns to Prague for a final part of his manslaughter trial.

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Will Randy go to jail?

Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial is due to come to a conclusion today, with a verdict expected to be delivered by the end of the day.

Randy posted the following statement via his Instagram earlier:

“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.”

The singer stands accused of causing the death of a Czech fan, Daniel Nosek, who is believed to have died after sustaining injuries at a Lamb Of God concert in 2010. According to Blabbermouth, witnesses have provided testimonies that describe Randy’s conduct at the gig in question as “extremely aggressive,” with witness Jan Jebavý adding that Daniel “climbed onto the stage, turned to the audience and was thrown into the crowd. Blythe pushed him from behind with both hands, I’m one hundred percent sure.”

Another witness added that Randy asked the crowd if Daniel was okay and when told that he was, continued the concert.

Meanwhile, WTVR reported that Randy gave a statement at the start of the trial back in February in front of three presiding judges that claimed he “never saw Daniel and never came in contact with him”, also stating that “The death of a fan is heartbreaking. 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.”

Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler and the band’s manager, Larry Mazer, both provided testimonies on behalf of Randy, describing him as calm and well-read and suggesting that his “aggressive” stage persona was merely a part of the show.

Lamb Of God are currently scheduled to headline Bloodstock in August. We’ll have Randy’s verdict right here on Metal Hammer as soon as it comes in.

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A three-judge panel in the Czech Republic said it could deliver a verdict by today in the manslaughter trial of LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe.

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According to WTVR, LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial in Prague, Czech Republic resumed earlier today (Monday, March 4) after court was adjourned last month due to missing witnesses.

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According to WTVR.com, a concertgoer defended LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe’s actions during a performance in Prague, telling a Czech court earlier today that he did not think Blythe was aggressive that night, and that fans should realize any aggressive behavior displayed on stage is just part of the show.

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