A number of hard rock and heavy metal musicians have taken to Twitter in response to the news that LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe was found not guilty of manslaughter earlier today (Tuesday, March 5) by a panel of Czech judges in the concert death of one of the metal band’s fans.
Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a May 2010 incident in which a fan, Daniel Nosek, who attended a LAMB OF GOD performance in Prague, died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.
Tuesday’s ruling by Prague’s Municipal Court was confirmed by the court spokeswoman, Marketa Puci.
“We did not find criminal responsibility in the actions of the defendant,” presiding judge Tomáš Kubovec said. “We found moral responsibility. There has been the death of a young man who had not been guilty of anything.”
“The acquittal does not prevent the defendant, if he feels some moral responsibility, to enter negotiations with the family of the victim and act accordingly,” the judge added.
The state prosecutors have announced their intention to appeal the verdict; they have eight days to put this in writing.
Glad to hear Randy Blythe has escaped the clutches of the infamous Czech justice system. Now he can get back where he belongs, blowing me.
— Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) March 5, 2013
Congrats to our friend Randy Blythe! He was acquitted on all charges today.
— Pantera (@OfficialPantera) March 5, 2013
Our good friend Randy Blythe of Lamb of God has been found not guilty of all charges against him. We wish our…fb.me/2qMWlmuZO
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) March 5, 2013
I breathe a sigh of relief for my old friend Randy Blythe, in spite of the tragic circumstances. #Freedom #Justice
— Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle) March 5, 2013
So happy to hear about my brother Randy Blythe…he is a man of strength, honor & dignity and handled this whole ordeal w bravery & courage!
— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) March 5, 2013
So glad to hear the verdict that our brother Randy Blythe has been acquiited of the manslaughter charges. @lambofgodband
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) March 5, 2013
If what I’m seeing on the Internet is right, and that Randy Bltyhe is a free man now; I’m moved beyond words. He is truly an honorable man.
— Matthew Kiichi Heafy (@matthewkheafy) March 5, 2013
We didn’t know him, don’t think we even met him, but we’re happy Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God was acquitted of all…fb.me/MMO8PVHn
— HammerFall (@HammerFall4REAL) March 5, 2013
So happy to hear about my bro @lambofgodband Randy Blythe. The circumstances are brutal, but you were as stand up as could be possible. #Man
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) March 5, 2013
Randy Blythe singer from Lamb Of God found NOT GUILTY!Awesome!
— jim florentine (@Mrjimflorentine) March 5, 2013
CONGRATS TO RANDY AND THE LAMB OF GOD BOYS!!JUSTICE!!AMAZING NEWS TO WAKE UP TO!!
— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) March 5, 2013
Good to hear Randy is free!
— Philip Labonte (@philthatremains) March 5, 2013
And the best news is hearing Randy from @lambofgodband is free! Giving ya a big Ric Flair…WOOOO!!
— wednesday 13 (@officialwed13) March 5, 2013
Woke up to the great news of Randy Blythe being found not guilty. Huge props to him for handling the trial with such honor and integrity.
— JB Brubaker (@JB_Burns_Red) March 5, 2013
Very relieved for my dear friend.But we still think of Daniel each and every day. There is nothing about this that can be “celebrated”.
— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) March 5, 2013
Randy was honorable & brave to defend his rights, even if it meant going to Jail in The Czech Republic! God Bless you Randy @lambofgodband
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) March 5, 2013