Authorities Say Meth Fire Killed Elderly Paragould Man

MARCH 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CST

PARAGOULD, AR - Authorities in Greene County have charged two men with manslaughter in the death of an 82-year-old man who died in a fire at an alleged methamphetamine lab.

The charges followed an investigation in Paragould that began in March 2004, when Everett M. Smith died in the fire.

Paragould police say that they got new information recently that the fire started from a methamphetamine lab in the rear of the residence.  Investigators say Smith was asleep in another room.

Charged are Smith's grandson, 33-year-old Brian G. Smith of Jonesboro and 35-year-old Tim G. Smith.  Authorities say Tim Smith is not related to the victim or the grandson.

The suspects are to appear in Greene County Circuit Court on May 31.

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