Lawyer: Randy Blythe should be out any day now
(WTVR)–Randy Blythe, age 41, singer of the Richmond based Lamb of God, awaits release from the Pankrac Prison, where he has been held more than three weeks since police picked him at the Prague airport on June 27.
Blythe was detained in connection with manslaughter that police said dates back to a May 24, 2010 show at Prague’s Club Abaton.
At some point while allegedly rushing onto the stage and being thrown off three times, the 19-year-old fan, Daniel Nosek, hit his head and later slipped into a coma. He died weeks later.
Blythe faces five to ten years of imprisonment if found guilty.
In an interview with Prague Radio, Blythe’s Czech attorney, Martin Radvan, said the heavy metal singer should be out of jail any day now. Blythe has now paid approximately $400,000 U.S. dollars for bail, with the bail having doubled on July 17.
Prague Radio asked, “What will happen when Mr Blythe is released? Will he have to stay in the Czech Republic or will he be allowed to leave the country?”
Radavan responded; “Everything indicates that he will be allowed to travel home. But he will have to come back either for further investigation or the trial, and that’s what he wants to do. As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear. This is a wrong assumption by the Czech police and the Prague municipal prosecutor who still believe there is a possibility he will disappear and never show up again.”
Prague Radio asked,”Randy Blythe, the band’s manager and other members of the band said that no one made any attempt to approach them after the incident, not even the police or the family members of the fan. Why did no one get in touch with the band before they came?”
Radavan responded;” “I really don’t know. Let me put it this way: nobody was expecting that unfortunately, this young man Daniel Nosek would die a month after the concert. His father then spoke to the police who launched an investigation and called several witnesses who were at that concert. They also approached the U.S. Department of Justice and asked them to take part in the investigation which the department refused to do.”
Radavan also added that the U.S. Dept. of State did not notify the band or management, and that is not something they, “can be proud of.”
Click above to hear the interview, and click here to read the entire excerpt from Prague Radio.
For complete coverage of Randy Blythe’s case, click here.