As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has been ordered to stand trial amid allegations he tried to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.

The heavy metal star was arrested in California in May (13) and charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Prosecutors claim Lambesis paid an undercover police officer $1,000 (£660) to kill his wife Meggan in April (13).

The rocker, who has pleaded not guilty to the crimes, returned to court on Monday (16Sep13), when the officer in question, Howard Bradley, testified to the accusations and alleged that the defendant had given him his wife's name, photo and address, along with the cash, to carry out the slaying.

The testimony, along with accounts from several other witnesses for the prosecution, was enough to prompt San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney to order a trial. The rocker will be arraigned on 22 October (13), when a date will be set.

Lambesis remains free on $2 million (£1.3 million) bail, which he was granted on the condition that he wears a Gps monitoring bracelet and stays away from his wife and children.

His attorney has previously claimed the singer was on steroids at the time of the incident.

If convicted, the rocker faces up to nine years behind bars.