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5/20/2013 12:20:00 PM
Prosecutor explains why man was not charged with murder
Lacey Smith
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Lacey Smith
Lacey Delmer Smith, III of Butlerville was formally charged on Wednesday arising out of a meth lab explosion that killed Brian E. Short on May 12.
Smith faces two charges of the manufacture/delivery or financing of the manufacture or delivery of methamphetamine, both Class B felonies.
According to the police report, officers arrived at the home of Short's mother near Butlerville approximately 4:48 a.m. May 12 after she called 911 for help. Smith had transported Short to the home after the 39-year-old collapsed at Smith's home and could not be revived.
Reportedly, Short was cooking meth at Smith's home, using ether, which is extremely flammable, and other chemicals when the concoction caught fire. The men were able to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose but not until Short was burned from the waist area up.
Smith took his friend to his mother's home after administering CPR unsuccessfully.
Initially, law enforcement officers arrested Smith on a preliminary charge of murder.
However, that charge was premature, said JC Prosecutor Alan Marshall because the investigation was ongoing and all facts had not yet come to light.
In the end, the prosecutor said the murder charge was dropped. "We just didn't really think it fit the circumstance," he said, because Short was the one cooking meth.
Results of the the deceased's autopsy have yet to be received by the prosecutor's office.
Smith, whose bail was set at $100,000, was bonded out Wednesday with $10,055 cash by Kimberly L. Smith.

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