Son charged with murder of father who ran pill mill in New Albany area

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The son of a murdered doctor who pleaded guilty to federal charges of running a pill mill, has been charged with his father’s death.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, on June 22, at about 7am, police and medics were called to the 7900 block of Schleppi Road on the report of shots fired out of a home invasion at the home of Dr. Kevin B. Lake, 50. 

After investigating, law enforcement determined the home invasion had been staged and suspected the doctor’s son, Jonah Bryce Lake, 20, was the suspect in the murder. 

“Not only did this young man murder his father but he staged a home invasion in their New Albany area home in order to avoid detection,” said O’Brien. 

Between 2006 and 2013, Dr. Lake maintained the Columbus Southern Medical Center Clinic which provided unlawful prescriptions of controlled substances to addicts. Earlier this year, Dr. Lake plead guilty in Federal Court to fraud, tax evasion, and drug charges. 

“Dr. Lake concealed his illegal profits and Federal Prosecutors forfeited $29 million from Dr. Lake for his illegal activity. Dr. Lake’s medical license was revoked and he was scheduled to be sentenced in September of this year,” O’Brien further stated.

Jonah Lake has been indicted for one count of Aggravated Murder with a Firearm Specification, for two counts of Murder with Firearm Specifications, and one count of Tampering with Evidence. 

“There is one count of Aggravated Murder and two counts of Murder with only one victim death because there are different methods to commit the crime of murder and the Prosecutor’s Office typically charges all methods,” O’Brien stated.

Jonah Lake is scheduled to be arraigned at a later date. 

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