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Murder charges after meth lab explosion dropped

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Lacy Smith (Source: Jennings County Jail) Lacy Smith (Source: Jennings County Jail)

JENNINGS COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Murder charges placed against a man after a fatal meth lab explosion have been dropped.

According to the Jennings County Sheriff's Office, Lacy Smith, 28, and Brian Short, 39, were operating a methamphetamine lab in their home in North Vernon. At 4:45 p.m. Sunday, the ingredients caught fire and exploded in the kitchen.

Police discovered Short's body in a vehicle outside of Smith's mother's home. Smith allegedly put Short in a vehicle and drove him there.  

Smith was initially charged with murder as a result of Short's death and was also charged with felony production of methamphetamine.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday they dropped the murder charged against Smith. He is still facing a felony charge of manufacturing meth.

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