September 27th, 2012
09:16 PM ET

Hollywood Murder Mystery: Johnny Lewis, "Sons of Anarchy" actor found dead

Police say Johnny Lewis, a 28-year-old actor from the popular television show "Sons of Anarchy" brutally killed his elderly landlady Wednesday. Then, as he tried to run away, he fell, possibly from the roof  to his death.

Neighbors say they heard screams from the home where Lewis lived with 81-year-old Katherine Davis. When police arrived, they found the actor's body in the driveway, and the landlady along with her cat both dead in the house.

"It's a very gruesome scene. It's a very senseless crime, someone that's just defenseless, someone that's in their late years– 70s, 80s, and then living in this type of neighborhood you don't expect anything like this to take place," said Sgt. Frank Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police say Lewis also attacked two men in the house next door before he died. But they don't know what triggered the violence.
CNN's Kareen Wynter is in Los Angeles and has the story.

'Sons of Anarchy' actor dead in Hollywood murder mystery

The violent deaths of "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis and an elderly woman in an affluent Hollywood neighborhood Wednesday is a murder mystery for Los Angeles police.

Lewis, 28, whose acting resumé included "The O.C." and "Criminal Minds," died in the driveway of a three-story home in the Los Feliz neighborhood near Griffith Park, apparently after climbing on the roof and falling, police said Thursday.

Police, responding to a call from neighbors saying they heard screams for help from a woman inside the house, found Katherine Davis, 81, dead in what a police spokesman called a "gruesome scene."

"It appears that some type of altercation occurred inside the house, resulting in the death of the woman, then this individual ran outside and had an altercation with a couple of neighbors," LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told reporters.


Filed under: Crime
soundoff (No Responses)

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.