Lawyer: Suicide Concert May Not Take Place

October 3, 2003

The attorney for Florida shock-rockers HELL ON EARTH said on Friday it is not clear if the band will go ahead with their plans to stage a live suicide at their Saturday concert, according to The Associated Press. The group had intended to broadcast the incident on their web page.

"It appears that everybody I talked to is trying to advise it not to take place," Kevin Hayslett said. "I don't think any sane person wants it to go forward."

Hayslett said there are several legal issues at hand if the suicide does occur, ranging from the ordinance the city council passed in an emergency session Monday, Florida's law banning assisted suicide and the potential for HELL ON EARTH leader Billy Tourtelot to be charged as a principal to manslaughter.

"My understanding is the show will go on," Hayslett said, adding he has not been told where it will happen. "I don't know if it's going to go on in cyberspace, in the state of Florida or in the United States."

In 2002, Hayslett successfully defended Tampa radio personality Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem against animal cruelty charges in the on-air slaughter of a boar. Tourtelot's few public comments on the planned suicide have been made on Clem's morning radio show.

More recently, Hayslett represented Tampa Bay Buccaneers' free safety Dwight Smith on a misdemeanor charge of improperly displaying a firearm during a road rage incident.

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