Bassist Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles that is also known for his work with Southern California country-rock band Poco, has been placed under 24-hour supervision after allegedly threatening to carry out a murder-suicide with an AK-47 and pills last January.
Meisner, who left the legendary band in 1977, appeared in a Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday July 8th, 2015, according to RollingStone.
During this court appearance, Superior Court Judge David Cunningham appointed a conservator who will oversee the bassist’s well-being and ensure that his medication prescriptions are appropriately managed, until a secondary hearing takes place in September, according to The New York Daily News.
The process of attaining conservatorship began in April, when Meisner’s longtime friend James Newton filed the necessary paperwork asking for the ability to make decisions regarding the musician’s personal and financial matters, according to The New York Daily News. And, while Meisner appeared in court to oppose the appointment, The New York Daily News is reporting that the 68 year-old rocker only spoke up to confirm his age.
This conservatorship ruling related to Meisner’s medical affairs came after Newton’s lawyer, Troy Martin, argued that the bassist has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and has had “suicidal ideations,” according to The New York Daily News.
“(Meisner) threatened to gun everyone down with an AK-47,” Martin told the court Wednesday, citing medical records related to the alleged incident at a hospital in Encino, Calif., earlier this year, The New York Daily News reports. And, Martin said that Meisner did not have the aforementioned weapon in his possession at the time that he communicated his threat to hospital staff. Additionally, in a separate incident, the lawyer said that Meisner threatened to end his own life by “taking all his medication at one time,” according to The New York Daily News.
Martin and Newton have also alleged that the bassist’s wife – Lana Rae Meisner – is in denial about her husband’s mental health. Mrs. Meisner stormed out of the courtroom when Judge Cunningham “agreed to appoint professional conservator Frumeh Labow as Meisner’s new guardian,” according to The New York Daily News.
As evidence of her inability to effectively oversee her husband’s care, Martin and Newton have cited a preserved voicemail that Mrs. Meisner left “- ostensibly to Newton – in which she claimed her neighbors were wearing “clown suits” and would report her for using cocaine,” according to RollingStone and The New York Daily News.
Meisner’s lawyer argued that the claims were “widely overblown,” and both parties have agreed to try mediation before the hearing in September.