Man injured in meth explosion has been indicted

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By Linda Ireland

An Elizabethtown man who was seriously injured in a meth lab explosion in October, has been charged with the manufacture of the illegal drug.


Joseph Gordon White, 37, was indicted Dec. 20 by a LaRue County grand jury on one count of first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine and complicity; possession of a controlled substance and complicity; possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity; and possession of marijuana and complicity.

White’s brother, Anthony Paul White, 33, of Hodgenville, and Kendra Lynn Wisdom, 30, of Elizabethtown, were indicted on the same charges.

According to former Hodgenville Police Chief Johnny Cottrill, Joseph Gordon White suffered burns to his eyes, mouth, throat and lungs when a one-step meth lab exploded at a Phillips Lane apartment. Cottrill believes White mishandled the ingredients, which were spewed throughout the apartment.

The powdery substance formed an outline of White’s body on the couch where he was sitting. He was flown to University of Louisville Hospital. According to police, White was blinded in one eye and the other was damaged. The meth fumes caused extensive damage to his respiratory system.

According to Cottrill, Anthony Paul White and Wisdom remained inside the apartment while a neighbor drove Joseph Gordon White to nearby Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in an apparent attempt to find medical assistance.

Joseph Gordon White faces an additional charge of being a persistent felony offender.

All three are lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $50,000 cash only bond and upon condition they have no contact with each other. They were arraigned Jan. 3 in LaRue Circuit Court.

The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force investigated and cleaned the apartment of chemicals.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and the person is innocent until and unless proven guilty.