Johnny Lewis, 'Sons of Anarchy' actor, found dead, accused of homicide
"Sons of Anarchy" actor Jonathan Kendrick Lewis was found dead and accused of homicide after allegedly beating an elderly woman and her cat.
The 28-year-old actor was found dead on the driveway of a Los Feliz, Calif. residence, where 81-year-old realtor Catherine Davis and her cat were also found dead. It is believed that Lewis was a former or current tenant of Davis.
Lewis is best known for portraying Kip "Half Sack" Epps on the popular FX biker drama, "Sons of Anarchy." His character was killed off in the season 2 finale, which aired in December 2009.
Lewis was also known for dating pop star Katy Perry in 2006. The pair appeared at several Hollywood events together.
According to local police, neighbors reported screams and found the woman and her cat beaten badly and dead. Another neighbor and the neighbor's handyman were also badly beaten after getting in an altercation with the actor.
Lewis then scaled the three-story building and either jumped or fell from a roof or balcony, authorities told OTRC.com's parent company KABC.
"It's a very gruesome scene. It's a very senseless crime. It's someone that's just defenseless, someone that's in their late, late years, 70, 80 years of age, and then living in this type of neighborhood, you don't expect anything like this to take place," LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado told KABC.
The murder and causes of Davis and Lewis' deaths are still being investigated. There is no other suspect in Davis' murder case other than Lewis, whose motive is unknown.
According to police records obtained by OTRC.com, Lewis had been released from jail on September 21. He had been arrested three times in 2012 and was booked on August 8 after pleading no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and plead no contest to attempted residential burglary on August 17.
In addition to "Sons of Anarchy," Lewis appeared in 9 episodes of "The O.C." as Dennis "Chili" Childress and also appeared in "MTV's Now What?," "Boston Public," "Drake & Josh," "American Dreams" and "Quintuplets."
Lewis also appeared in films like "Raise Your Voice" and "The Runaways."
UPDATE: "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter Tweeted about the incident, noting that though it was a tragic event, he was not surprised by the actor's actions.
"Not sure if folks know this yet, but johnny lewis (halfsack) died last night. the sad irony of it happening two days after opie's death is not lost on me. it was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way," Sutter Tweeted on September 27. "i wish i could say that i was shocked by the events last night, but i was not. i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. yes, it's day or mourning, but it's also a day of awareness and gratitude. sadly, some of us carry the message by dying."