REXBURG – A Jefferson County teenager is now charged with first degree murder after a man was killed in a home invasion last month.
The first degree murder charge was laid Tuesday against Pierre Lake, 18, after the death of Ralph Brian, 65, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center on October 8. Lake also faces charges of attempted first degree murder, burglary and grand theft.
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Lake is also accused of attempting to stab Brian’s wife, Karen Brian, to death. She survived her injuries and was released from the hospital.
With the first degree murder charge, Lake could face the death penalty. Madison County prosecutors have 60 days from when Lake pleads to decide whether or not to seek capital punishment.
Court documents show Lake allegedly shot Brian in the head and stabbed Karen multiple times during the September 20 home invasion of a Madison County mobile home.
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Lake reportedly told his brother before the shooting that he was going to ‘get someone’ squeezed in, according to court documents.
The day after the incident, investigators found Lake at his Jefferson County home and took him into custody. He told investigators he entered Brian’s house and attacked Karen with a knife, stabbing her repeatedly and shooting Brian at point blank range with Brian’s own gun, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Court documents do not indicate the motive of the crime or whether Lake knew the Brian’s.
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A preliminary hearing for Lake that was scheduled for Tuesday is now set for November 10. He remains being held in the Madison County Jail on $ 1 million bail.
Although Lake is charged with crimes, that doesn’t necessarily mean he committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.