Prosecutor: Son indicted for murder of father, staged scene to look like break-in

Jonah Bryce - Franklin County Sheriff's Office

COLUMBUS -- The Franklin County Grand Jury returned a four-count indictment on a 20-year-old man accused of killing his father, a medical doctor who lost his medical license for running a pill mill.

At about 7 a.m. June 22, police and medics were dispatched to a home in the 7900 block of Schleppi Road on the report of shots fired. The investigation revealed a home invasion had been staged, and investigators believe Kevin B. Lake’s son, Jonah, was responsible for 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," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

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Jonah Bryce Lake, 20, was indicted on one count of aggravated murder with a firearm specification, for two counts of murder with firearm specifications, and one count of tampering with evidence. According to sources, Jonah Lake has been apprehended.

Between 2006 and 2013, Dr. Lake, 51, maintained the Columbus Southern Medical Center Clinic which provided unlawful prescriptions of controlled substances to addicts.

Earlier in 2018, 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 Lake’s medical license was revoked and he was scheduled to be sentenced in September of this year,” O’Brien said.

Arraignment for Jonah Lake will be scheduled within a week at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 2B at 345 S. High Street in downtown Columbus. O’Brien commended the work of Sgt. Billy Duffer and Deputy Bryan Meister from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau who were the primary investigators for the hard work by them and FCSO that solved this case.