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Family claims former doctor's death part of "witness intimidation"

Dr. Kevin Lake's family says his death is related to his cooperation in an investigation into a pill mill and his plans to testify in the future. (WSYX/WTTE)

New documents filed in Franklin County Municipal Court shed new light into the death of a former doctor who was shot last week in his home.

Kevin Lake died in the hospital Friday after his teenage son called 911 Thursday morning and told the dispatcher he heard a series of gunshots.

"I heard gunshots downstairs and my dad is not responding," Lake's son said on the 911 call. "We had an intruder the other night."

When officers arrived to the Lake family home on Schleppi Road, they found a hole in the back porch screen and Lake shot in his bed. According to newly released reports, the son told investigators someone had broken in earlier in the week, took a picture of the son sleeping and left the photo along with a threatening note for the victim, Kevin Lake.

Lake's son and wife told investigators that he had agreed to cooperate with federal agents regarding a major pill mill investigation that he'd already been convicted in. His family believed the person who shot him last week wanted to keep him from testifying in the future.

However, court documents indicate investigators are focusing in on a USB flash drive found in the home for possible evidence indicating motive.

Lake's visitation was set for Friday while his funeral has been set for Saturday.


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