'Anarchy' Creator 'Not Shocked' by Lewis' Death
By JACKIE WILLIS
September 27, 2012
The creator of the FX series Sons of Anarchy reacted to news that the show's former star Johnny Lewis allegedly killed his landlady before falling to his death by saying that he was not surprised by the events.
In a blog post on WhoSay, Kurt Sutter reflected on Wednesday's death of Lewis, who played the role of Kip 'Half Sack' Epps on the show from 2008-2009. "The sad irony of it happening two days after Opie's death is not lost on me," he writes, referring to Tuesday's episode in which Opie suffered a brutal death in prison.
"It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way," Sutter added. "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."
Court records show that 26-year-old Lewis was released from jail a little over a week ago. His body was found in the driveway of the home of his 81-year-old landlady, Catherine Davis, who he is suspected of killing. Los Angeles police said Thursday that Lewis is the only suspect in the death of Davis, who was discovered murdered inside the home.
Investigators said the actor died Wednesday after climbing atop the home and either jumping or falling to the ground.
Court records obtained by ET indicate that Lewis pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and attempted burglary in separate cases this year. The records show he enrolled in a substance abuse and psychiatric treatment program over the summer and was reportedly released from jail on September 21.