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As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis will head to trial next year on charges he tried to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. 

The rocker briefly appeared in a San Diego courtroom Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of solicitation of murder. 

His trial date is set for March 11th with a readiness conference scheduled for January 15th. 

Lambesis was arrested in May after prosecutors said he tried to hire an undercover cop posing as a hitman to murder his wife Meggan Lambesis. 

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