BUTLERVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Jennings County Sheriff’s Officers arrested 28-year-old Lacey Smith and charged him with murder after a meth lab fire caused the death of another man - prosecutors have since dropped the charge.
Officers said Smith and 39-year-old Brian Short were operating a meth lab at Smith’s home on North County Road 750 East in Butlerville when the ingredients exploded and ignited a fire in the kitchen.
According to a police report, Smith placed Short's unresponsive body in a vehicle and drove him to his mother’s residence. Short later died of injuries sustained in the explosion, police said.
Smith was originally charged with murder but that charge has since been dropped. He is now facing one count of felony methamphetamine production.