Sus­pect in L.A. killing was Sons of An­ar­chy ac­tor

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS ANGELES — It was un­clear Thurs­day whether Sons of An­ar­chy ac­tor Johnny Lewis fell or jumped to his death af­ter ap­par­ently killing his land­lady at a hill­side home near Hol­ly­wood, po­lice said Thurs­day.

The body of Johnny Lewis, 28, was found in the drive­way of the Los Feliz home Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter neigh­bours re­ported hear­ing a woman scream­ing in the home, Cmdr. An­drew Smith said.

The body of 81-year-old Cather­ine Davis was found inside the home.

“She was pos­si­bly beaten,” al­though coro­ner’s of­fi­cials will de­ter­mine the ex­act cause of death, Smith said.

Lewis had rented a room from Davis “for a short pe­riod of time” and al­though there were no wit­nesses, he is sus­pected of killing her, Smith said.

No one else was home at the time and in­ves­ti­ga­tors were not seek­ing any­one else for the crime, the com­man­der said.

Re­ports of a woman scream­ing sent of­fi­cers to the home at 10:42 a.m. Wed­nes­day, where they dis­cov­ered the bod­ies, Smith said.

Neigh­bours also told of­fi­cers that a man had jumped a fence, as­saulted a pain­ter and home­owner next door and jumped back.

Smith said that at some point, Lewis jumped or fell from the home’s roof, garage or pa­tio.

“He could have fallen from any num­ber of places or he could have tripped or fallen, or he could have jumped. We don’t know at this time,” he said.

It’s also un­clear whether drugs or al­co­hol are in­volved, Smith said.

Jonathan Ken­drick Lewis had a ca­reer span­ning more than a decade, mainly in small roles. He played Ricky in the 2007 movie AVPR: Aliens vs Preda­tor — Re­quiem and was Den­nis (Chili) Chil­dress for two sea­sons on TV’s The O.C. He played Epps on FX’s Sons of An­ar­chy in 2008 and 2009 episodes.

Calls and mes­sages to Lewis’s agent and at­tor­ney were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Lewis at last year’s Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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