LATEST RANDY BLYTHE MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL NEWS
The current Czech manslaughter trial of Randy Blythe has been delayed until March 4 at the request of the Lamb of God singer and his defense team, according to WTVR. During Day 3 of the trial today (Feb. 6), Blythe asked for the delay to accommodate a sick witness who couldn’t make it to court this week. Following one more day in court tomorrow to allow another witness to testify, Blythe is expected to return to the United States until the trial resumes.
Blythe stands accused of tossing a 19-year-old fan named Daniel Nosek from the stage during a 2010 Lamb of God show. The young man later died from head injuries he sustained at the concert. In earlier testimony, Blythe admitted to physically restraining another concertgoer, Milan Poranek, during the show but insisted that he never came into contact with Daniel Nosek.
During today’s testimony, Poranek admitted he was unruly and drunk during the concert, and that Blythe was in the right to restrain him. He also refuted accounts from the prosecution’s witnesses that Blythe had choked him. “I wanted to stagedive and Blythe pulled me to the ground and held me there as I was very drunk,” Poranek testified. “He did it because of the way I acted and he was right.”
Keep in mind that the trial is about the late Daniel Nosek, not Milan Poranek. However, the latter’s testimony could be crucial to the outcome of the case, as it details Blythe’s behavior at the show.
As we reported, Blythe took to his Instagram account yesterday to insist that several media reports about the trial were partially incorrect due to the complexities of translating the Czech language into English.
As mentioned above, while the trial has been delayed until March 4, there will be one more day of court tomorrow so an additional witness can testify. The trial had been scheduled to end this Friday, Feb. 8, but now Blythe will likely fly home to the United States, where he’ll remain the next few weeks until heading back to the Czech Republic for the resumption of the trial.
As reported, it was announced yesterday (Feb. 6) that Randy Blythe‘s manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic would be adjourned until March 4 to accommodate a witness who is currently ill. However, it was also revealed that there would be one more witness set to testify today (Feb. 7) before the one-month break. During a session that only lasted 45 minutes, the latest witness spoke in defense of the Lamb of Godfrontman.
According to the TV station WTVR in Richmond, Va., the witness, Lukas Havlena, who attended the 2010 concert in which Daniel Nosek allegedly suffered a fatal head injury, told the court that he contacted Blythe’s defense team this week after reading about damaging testimony against the vocalist that took place on Day 2 of the trial Tuesday. Havlena refutes accounts by the prosecution’s witnesses that Blythe was very aggressive during the concert. He said Blythe was not aggressive at all and, moreover, he was very clear to fans during the gig that they were not allowed onstage.
Also today, the judge explained that it was not only the sick witness that led to the delay of the trial. He revealed that there is also testimony expected by two criminal psychologists who were unable to attend the proceedings this week, as well as additional witness. It is expected that all of them will take the stand when the trial resumes on March 4.
Blythe is expected to return to his hometown of Richmond, Va., this week before returning to the Czech Republic in March for the trial’s resumption. Lamb of God are nominated in the Best Metal / Hard Rock Performance category at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. It is not known whether the band will attend the ceremony.