It was a fucking metal concert, and Lamb of God’s music ain’t easy-listening.
Today started the second day of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s trial on charges of manslaughter in the death of a fan at a Prague concert three years ago.
Blythe is facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan, Daniel Nosek, attending the band’s show died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.
Blythe on Tuesday listened to testimony from nine eyewitnesses, some of whom were friends of Nosek while others were were friends of Milan Poranek, a concertgoer whom Blythe admitted to pushing off the stage during the same show.
The witnesses described Blythe’s demeanor at the May 24, 2010, concert as “extremely aggressive.”
“[Daniel] climbed onto the stage, he turned to the audience and was thrown into the crowd. Blythe pushed him from behind with both hands, I’m one hundred percent sure,” said witness Jan Jebavý.
Another witness allegedly said Randy asked the crowd if Daniel was okay and when told that he was, continued the concert.
Witnesses also disputed Blythe’s claims the band warned the audience to stay off the stage and that the security at the venue made little effort to control the crowd.
Many of the witnesses had trouble recalling the events of that concert nearly three years ago.
Blythe gave a statement on Monday in front of the three presiding judges, telling the court that he was a man of his word and had returned to face his charge, just as he promised he would.
“The death of a fan is heartbreaking,” he said. “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.
“I never saw Daniel and I never came in contact with him,” he added in court.
Drummer Chris Adler and the band’s manager, Larry Mazer, also testified Monday, and described Blythe as quiet and well read. They also explained that Blythe’s aggressive stage persona was merely a part of the show.
The trial is expected to last until the end of the week
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