Testimony in the manslaughter trial of Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe will not conclude this week — as was previously anticipated — because a defense witness is unavailable to appear.
Blythe is facing manslaughter charges for the May 2010 death of Daniel Nosek, who died of head injuries after falling or being pushed from the stage at a Lamb of God concert in Prague. Blythe was charged by prosecutors last year; if found guilty, Blythe could face up to 10 years in prison.
According to WTVR, the Richmond Va. television station that has been providing regular coverage of the trial, the defense requested the delay because a defense witness who was scheduled to appear became ill. Prague Post reporter Jonathan Crane — who is covering the trial for WTVR — reported the judges will recess the trial after Thursday’s testimony. The trial will resume on March 4.
Crane reports Blythe will return to the United States while the trial is delayed. Crane said Blythe told judges he would return when the trial resumes.
You can find all of WTVR’s trial coverage here.
Blabbermouth.net quoted a Czech-language news source Wednesday that said the person Blythe is seen pushing off the stage in a widely publicized video took the stand in Blythe’s defense.
Blabbermouth cites Novinky.cz, saying Milan Poránek told judges he was not choked by Blythe when Poránek jumped on stage. Blabbermouth says Poránek jumped on stage “at least twice” during the concert.
“I wanted to stagedive and Blythe pulled me to the ground and held me there as I was very drunk,” Blabbermouth quotes Poránek as telling the judges. “(Blythe) did it because of the way I acted, and he was justified in doing so.”
You can read the Blabbermouth report here.