Blabbermouth have reported that LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe was released from custody after spending more than a month at a Prague, Czech Republic prison on manslaughter charges.
Blythe was arrested at the Prague airport on June 27 and was accused of shoving a local fan off the stage during LAMB OF GOD’s May 2010 concert in the city. The man, who is said to have stormed the stage three times during the show, reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage that resulted in his death nearly a month later.
After the court doubled Blythe’s bail last month from about $200,000 to about $400,000, the prosecutor once again filed a complaint against the singer’s release.
“I can confirm that Blythe was released yesterday afternoon,” Gabriela Pohlová, a spokeswoman for the prison, said on Friday (August 3).
Blythe’s Czech attorney Martin Radvan told Radio Prague that he expected Blythe to be able to travel home, but that the singer will have to return to the Czech Republic to face trial. “That’s what he wants to do,” Radvan said. “As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear.”
Jonathan Crane, a reporter from the Prague Post, told WTVR-TV that a legal expert believes the Blythe’s defense team should have quite a strong case. “Even if Randy was responsible for the alleged attack, the expert said that who is to say that he wasn’t accidentally kicked or trodden on or left without help by fans below the stage,” Crane said.
The U.S. Embassy in Prague on July 11 released a very brief statement regarding Blythe: “The U.S. Embassy provides standard consular services to American citizens in need of assistance. We cannot discuss specific cases due to privacy concerns.”