RANDY BLYTHE TRIAL: Psychologist cites singer’s ‘emotional problem’
By WTVR.com web staff and Prague Post reporter Jonathan Crane
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (WTVR) – A three judge panel in the Czech Republic said it could deliver a verdict by tomorrow in the manslaughter trial of Richmond rocker Randy Blythe.
The 41-year-old Lamb of God singer is on trial for manslaughter after he was accused of pushing a fan off the stage during a 2010 concert in Prague. 19-year-old Daniel Nosek later died of head injuries.
Prague Post reporter Jonathan Crane gave these updates to CBS 6 Monday morning from the 3-hour court proceedings:
- Randy Blythe trial has resumed after court was adjourned last month due to missing witnesses (two expert witnesses – criminal psychologist/psychiatrist and a girl who attended the concert).
- The presiding judge, Tomas Kubovec, said the opinions found in their reports were basically the same. However, during testimony, they disagreed on how aggressive/anti-social Blythe is.
- The criminal psychologist, Tereza Soukupova (appointed by the court) said that Blythe, during tests, demonstrated he had problems controlling his emotions. She said these features “were not deep” and that he was not mentally ill, but that he doesn’t take enough responsibility for his own actions, sometimes “crossing social norms.” She pointed to when Blythe was fined for speeding and urinating in public when he was younger.
- The criminal psychiatrist, Alena Gayova (appointed by the defense, she also tested Blythe in prison) said Blythe didn’t display any permanent “socially promiscuous” behavioral patterns. Even when in jail, when aggressive/anti-social behavior might be understandable, Gayova said Blythe showed normal results. She added he was not “overly aggressive.”
- We also heard from the eye witness who was sick last time, Anna Rozsivalova. She was stood close to the stage that night, and described the audience as being crazy. She said Daniel N. attempted to climb the barrier to get onto the stage, but as he was pulling himself up, Blythe lifted him by the shoulders and pushed him off with two hands, from the front. She said Daniel N. fell backwards, and people moved away to avoid being hit.
- The second eye witness, Jan Moravec, didn’t say much at all; he didn’t recall seeing any incident toward the end of the show. The other witness, security guard Jan Cernansky, was not in the concert hall that night but rather at the door. He said he saw Daniel N. walking out with 2 other people, one of whom told him Daniel N. had fallen from the stage. They said they needed to go out for fresh air. Cernansky said an ambulance arrived 5-10 minutes later.
- Tomorrow we will hear from an expert on biomechanics, called for by the defense, to shed some light on how Daniel N. may have fallen. The judge said it was “likely” there’d be a verdict tomorrow.
We hope to get more in-depth information from reporter Jonathan Crane for you tonight, starting on CBS 6 News at 5:00.