Blythe has been behind bars for nearly three weeks after being arrested in Prague last month in connection with the death of fan Daniel Nosek at a concert in 2010.
He’s never been charged and he’s posted bail of $200,000 – but despite that he hasn’t been freed. And although a new hearing is set for Thursday, it’s not guaranteed that he’ll be released even if the judge finds in his favour.
Long-time friend Tommy Streat organised a gathering of supporters in Blythe’s home town of Richmond, Virginia, earlier this month. He’ll lead a second vigil at the US Supreme Court on Sunday afternoon.
Streat tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch: “A lot of the Czech news sources are starting to pick up on that stuff and it’s getting nasty.
“There’s no reason to bash another country. They have a different legal system from ours – but we have to respect that.”
A White House petition calling for US authorities to act over Blythe’s case has been signed by nearly 17,000 people. A further 8,000 are needed before the matter will be brought to officials’ attention.
Sign the Randy Blythe White House petition
Tito Fink, who’s organised the signing campaign, says: “I’m hoping this will bring enough awareness so the government will do everything within its power to diplomatically bring Randy home – while remaining on good terms with the Czech Republic.”
-Classic Rock magazine