Man appears in court, charged with murder of father who ran pill mill

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Twenty-year-old Jonah Lake blames an intruder for shooting and killing his father last year at their Westerville home.

Kenneth Lake, who also goes by Kevin Lake, was a former-doctor convicted of running a pill mill and was awaiting sentencing at the time.

Jonah Lake is being charged with aggravated murder, two counts of murder and tampering with evidence.

This case dates back to June 22, 2017. Jonah called police telling them he heard gunshots in the house.

“I heard gunshots downstairs and my dad’s not responding. We had an intruder the other night,” said Jonah in a 911 call. “They threatened us. We got a letter and he tried to tell police, but they wouldn’t listen.”

But prosecutors say they believe Jonah was the shooter.

“The defendant shot his father five times and then hid the evidence. He is the sole beneficiary of $10,000,000 in life insurance,” said county prosecutor. 

“In this case, we believe there is strong evidence that Johan is innocent. We believe there is strong evidence that powerful people had a motive to kill the decadent Dr. Kevin Lake,” said Terry Sherman, Johah’s attorney. 

Jonah’s attorney is referring to his father’s legal troubles. The former doctor was the focus of a federal investigation between 2006 to 2013 where he was accused of running an illegal prescription operation at a south side medical center he owned and operated.

In January 2017, Kevin Lake pleaded guilty to drug, fraud and tax-evasion.

The day of the shooting, Jonah was questioned by investigators, and let go. The prosecutor says significant evidence has led them to place Jonah as the number one suspect in his father’s death.

“Noted in the evidence that has been obtained, there were computer searches done by the defendant on how to disappear completely,” said the county prosecutor. 

 The judge set a $5-million surety bond. 

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