Attorney: Drug-induced psychosis likely responsible for actor Lewis' deadly rampage
LOS ANGELES — An attorney said on Friday he believes a drug-induced psychosis was responsible for an outburst by an actor that police said ended in the slaying of his landlady before the former “Sons of Anarchy” cast member plunged to his death.
Johnny Lewis, 28, had been arrested three times during the past year and officials were concerned about his mental health and the danger he posed to others. His lawyer Jonathan Mandel, who represented Lewis in the criminal cases, said drugs may have been a factor in the actor's final hours.
“He probably had gotten into marijuana or some medication and that caused him to snap,” Mandel said.
Authorities said they were still searching for a motive behind the strangulation death of 81-year-old Catherine Davis.
Authorities found Davis and Lewis dead Wednesday after neighbors reported a woman screaming inside her home that had been ransacked, and where glass was shattered and a dead cat was found.
Investigators are awaiting toxicology tests for Lewis to determine whether he had drugs or alcohol in his system.