The Randy Blythe manslaughter trial begins today in Czech Republic - Reverb

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe manslaughter trial begins today in Czech Republic

Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe has returned to the Czech Republic to stand trial for manslaughter charges stemming from the death of a Czech fan in 2010. The weeklong trial begins today  with opening arguments from the prosecution and Blythe’s defense.

Prior to entering the courtroom Blythe posted a photo via his personal Instagram showing the metal singer calm and poised in a new suit and short haircut. His statement with the photo was: “And so it begins. I am calm & prepared. Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day y’all!”

Blythe is facing charges from an incident at a Lamb of God concert in the Czech Republic in 2010. 19-year old Daniel Nosek, who was allegedly thrown from stage by Blythe, died days after the concert from severe head injuries. The victim’s family is seeking $530,000 U.S. dollars for the death of their son and if convicted, Blythe is facing five to 10 years in prison.

According to The Gauntlet, from Prague City today, Blythe made the following statement: “I’ve kept my word. I said that I would come back to court today and I did. I do not shy away from responsibility. I’m not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do. The fan’s death breaks my heart. I never saw Daniel and I never came in contact with him.”

The Randy Blythe manslaughter trial, which is slated to run through February 8, began with a statement from the prosecution claiming that Blythe pushed Nosek with great force to the point that he fell off the stage over a metal barrier and hit his head on the ground. The prosecutor went on to explain that the young man hit the back and lower part of his brain, suffering internal bleeding.

According to Loudwire, tomorrow’s proceedings are expected to include testimony from 12 witnesses who attended the 2010 concert.

Video evidence and official concert footage of the incident from The Gauntlet can be seen here.

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