Czech court clears US musician for fan's death


PRAGUE — A court has acquitted the frontman of a U.S. heavy metal band of causing a teenage fan’s death at a concert in the Czech Republic.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was charged in December in Prague with causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences. Blythe was accused of pushing a 19-year-old who had climbed onto the stage during a 2010 concert at Prague’s Abaton club.

The man hit the floor with his head and later died of a head injury.

Prague’s Municipal court ruled today that Blythe was not guilty because what he did was not a crime, court spokeswoman Marketa Puci said.

Blythe, who had pleaded not guilty, acknowledged he pushed the teenager because the band doesn’t tolerate any fans on the stage but said he was not aware of any injuries.

In its ruling, the court said it was the concert’s organizers who are to blame for the accident, Puci said.


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