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Meth deemed cause of mobile home fire

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Two E'town residents indicted for December blaze

By Sarah Bennett

Two Elizabethtown residents arrested following a fire in December at a Woodland Mobile Home Park trailer have been indicted in Hardin Circuit Court.

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Christopher Lee Humphrey, 30, and Jennifer Nicole Hazelwood, 24, each face charges of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, complicity to commit first-degree criminal mischief and complicity to commit first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.

The grand jury also indicted Humphrey for second-degree persistent felony offense.

Humphrey and Hazelwood originally were arrested Dec. 17 on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine following a fire at 1242 Woodland Drive, Lot 8.

At the time of their arrest, an investigator with Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force said an active meth lab in the trailer could have contributed to the fire.

On Tuesday, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office confirmed the fire was related to methamphetamine.

Indictments allege the two “intentionally or wantonly defaced, destroyed or damaged a building” belonging to Woodland Mobile Home Park, which caused a loss of $1,000 or more.

At the time of the fire, the trailer’s occupant was not home. According to investigators, Humphrey and Hazelwood were acquaintances who temporarily were staying with the renter.

Humphrey and Hazelwood are lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 cash bonds. Both were arraigned Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

At the time of the offense, Hazelwood was on pre-trial diversion for cocaine possession in a 2008 felony case, according to court records.

Court records show Humphrey was on misdemeanor probation and previously was convicted of felony theft by unlawful taking. He has pending cases in Hardin District Court for shoplifting, second- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance and operating on a suspended license, according to court records.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. The defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

Manufacturing methamphetamine is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.