Former Eagles bassist allegedly made murder-suicide threats
By David Sands
June 10, 2015
It turns out allegations made earlier this year about Randy Meisner’s deteriorating mental and emotional well-being could very well be a reason for concern, at least that’s what a L.A. County Superior Court judge thinks. Judge David Cunningham has put the former Eagles and Poco bassist under 24-hour court supervision following claims he made murder-suicide threats last January.
In April, Meisner’s friend James Newton filed the paperwork needed to put him under conservatorship, due to alleged concerns about his mental state. At a hearing Wednesday, Newton’s attorney Troy Martin told the court Meisner had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and voiced thoughts about suicide, according to the New York Daily News.
Citing medical records, Martin spoke of an episode at an Encino, Calif., hospital earlier
this year where Meisner had supposedly threatened to “gun everyone down with an AK-47,” though he didn’t have a firearm at the time. He also claimed the former Eagle had talked about killing himself by overdosing on meds in a separate incident. Meisner’s attorney responded that the allegations about his client’s mental condition were “widely overblown.”
The judge ultimately decided to put the former Eagle under the supervision of Frumeh Labow, a professional court-appointed conservator.
“If I’m going to err… it’s going to be on the side of protecting Mr. Meisner,” Judge
Cunningham said. “If it’s overkill, it’s overkill.”
After his announcement, the bassist’s wife Lana Rae Meisner walked out of the proceedings.
In April, Meisner told TMZ Newton was not a close friend and conjectured that he could be working with others trying to smear his wife and get a hold of his estate, which has been valued at several million dollars.
Both parties have consented to try mediation prior to another hearing scheduled for September.
Meisner, who quit the Eagles in 1977, is best known for singing and co-authoring their song “Take It to the Limit.”
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