Guilty Vedict In Meth Lab Explosion Trial

A Jackson County jury convicted Carlton Wayne Key on Tuesday of several charges from a meth lab explosion in August.

Key, 31, of 2615 Wynn Road, Marianna, was convicted of being a principal to the attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, principal to child abuse and principal to arson. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

Assistant State Attorney Shad Redmon told jurors that Key was arrested Aug. 28 after a meth lab exploded at a residence at 4368 Lee Road, Marianna.

Key and another man were trying to make meth using the shake-and-bake method. They’d put all the ingredients into a
container and the other man was shaking the bottle when it grew too hot to handle. He handed it to Key, who was trying to take it out of the residence when it exploded in a fireball that severely burned him.

There was a 3-year-old child in the house at the time of the explosion who escaped without injury.

Key ran from the residence to a neighbor, who drove him to the hospital.

He was convicted Tuesday after a one-day trial in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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