Details Emerge on Randy Blythe’s Final Day of Trial Leading Up to Not Guilty Verdict
Earlier today (March 5), Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was found not guilty of manslaughter by a Czech court. While we reported the news of the verdict this morning, extensive details on Randy Blythe's final day on trial have now emerged.
During a May 2010 Lamb of God show in the Czech Republic, 19-year-old concertgoer Daniel Nosek sustained a head injury that allegedly led to the fan's death. Randy Blythe was blamed by the victim's family, along with various witnesses who testified in court for Nosek's head trauma, but as of this morning, Blythe has been cleared of all charges.
In a report on RollingStone.com, an account of the final testimony and verdict are detailed. Before the "not guilty" sentence was handed down to Blythe, an expert on biomechanics was called upon by the singer's defense team. The scientist presented results from a recreation of Nosek's fall, actually using fresh human cadavers that had been dead for less than 12 hours. The expert concluded that Nosek must have fallen backwards to sustain the trauma suffered. Had the fan been pushed from behind and fallen forward, stated the biomechanics scholar, his hands would have reflexively shot out to protect himself, preventing the specific type of head injury Nosek sustained.
State prosecuting attorney Vladimir Muzik debated the validity of the experiment, stating that it failed to accurately recreate the moment of Nosek's plunge. The presiding judge agreed with Muzik, noting that witness testimony had been "foggy" at best.
Shortly after Blythe's initial arrest, video footage that supposedly captured Nosek's fall, was released online. However, it was later confirmed that the man shown stage diving in the video was not Daniel Nosek, but fellow fan Milan Poradek. Thus, there has been no video evidence unveiled of Nosek's fall or Blythe's position during the incident.
Regarding the practice of stage diving, presiding judge Tomas Kubovec stated "ninety percent of the audience" must have known that jumping off the stage was prohibited at the venue, as a barrier was in place and concert security had successfully prevented fans from hopping the barricade during the show. Kubovec also noted that Blythe's hand gestures calling for a round of applause could have been misunderstood as an invitation for fans to come up onto the stage.
The family of Nosek was seeking approximately $528,000 in damages during the trial, and although Blythe has been absolved of all guilt, Judge Kubovec suggested the family seek legal action against the concert promoters and organizers if they want to collect any compensation.
Following Blythe's exoneration, the singer declined to speak with the press, but addressed the court after the closing arguments had been presented by both sides. "As I've stated previously, I do not wish to avoid my responsibility, and if I thought I were guilty I would plead guilty right now," Blythe began. "I still believe I acted responsibly to protect myself, my band, our equipment, and our audience. I did not strike anyone or run across the stage to push anyone … I can understand that pain as only the father of a dead child can. This has been a very sad and emotive experience for me, but I've tried to remain as objective as possible because my emotions have no impact on what is for me and for the family of Daniel Nosek the most important thing: the truth. He was just a boy. I wish he were still here."