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Murder charge dropped in Indiana meth blast death

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 08:16 am
VERNON — A prosecutor has dropped murder charges in the death of a southern Indiana man following an explosion authorities say happened when he and another man were making methamphetamine.The Jennings County prosecutor dropped the most-serious charge against 28-year-old Lacy Smith of Butlerville but he still faces a felony charge of manufacturing meth in connection with the explosion early Sunday at Smith's home.

Police say 39-year-old Brian Short of North Vernon was fatally injured in the blast and was found dead at his mother's home after Smith drove him there. Police arrested Smith on the preliminary murder charges Sunday.

The Tribune of Seymour reports that a judge on Monday set Smith's bail at $100,000. A jail officer said records didn't indicate whether he had an attorney.

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