Man convicted in 2011 meth lab murder

October 27, 2012 

A Kershaw County man was found guilty today of the 2011 Memorial Day weekend murder of Debra Nicole Tyler, who was shot in the face during an argument at a mobile home on Highway 601 South in Lugoff.

Greg Smith, 50, was also convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine, a release from 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson said.

In what Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews called at the time one of the strangest cases he’d ever seen, Smith and the victim’s husband, David Lynn Tyler, 56, were arrested May 28, 2011, after deputies arrived at the scene to investigate the report of a domestic disturbance and gunshot. They found the victim, dead from a gunshot wound, a large methamphetamine lab and about 100 marijuana plants growing in a back bedroom.

David Tyler, while in custody at the Kershaw County Detention Center, suffered a heart attack and died. Eight deputies investigating the incident were overcome by fumes from the methamphetamine operation and taken to the hospital.

Greg Smith will be sentenced the week of December 10.

-- By Rachael Myers Lowe

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