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Update: Alleged Killer of Los Feliz Realtor Was Just Days Out of Jail

Actor Jonathan Lewis was released Friday after being sentenced in August to 365 days in jail for "attempted assault with a deadly weapon."

Update:  City News Service is now confirming that Jonathan "Johnny" Lewis was released from Los Angeles County Jail on Friday, just a few days before he fell to his death after allegedly attacking his landlady,

The Los Angeles County Coroners confirmed the cause of the two deaths late Thursday.

Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's office said Davis died of ``blunt head trauma and manual strangulation,'' and Lewis died by  'jumping or falling'' from an elevated terrace.

Jane Robison of the Los Angeles District Attorney's office told CNS that Lewis had been sentenced to to 365 days in jail on Aug. 8 after pleading no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Lewis also entered a plea of no contest on Aug. 17 to a count of residential burglary and received a suspended sentence.

He was released from custody about 4 p.m. Friday. Robison did not explain why he had been released.

Detectives told the Los Angeles Times that a new recreational drug C2-I -- or "smiles"-- may have played a role in the attack.

Commander Andy Smith said autopsies being conducted on both Davis and Lewis would provide some additional information about what happened, though a toxicology report could take several weeks.

Earlier: A 28-year-old actor who most recently starred in FX's "Sons of Anarchy" fell to his death after allegedly fatally attacking an 81-year-old woman in a Los Feliz home.

The body of Jonathan "Johnny" Lewis was found Wednesday morning in a driveway outside 3605 Lowry Road.

Commander Andy Smith told Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch Thursday that is still not clear how he landed in the driveway, but detectives feel he may have jumped from a roof or a balcony on the house.

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The body of Catherine Davis, 81, who founded the local boutique real estate agency Housing Solutions, was found inside.

Lewis also is believed to have attacked several people in a house next door allegedly owned by former NBC News correspondent Dan Blackburn.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy Thursday of Lewis's body to determine the exact cause of death.

Lewis, who grew up in Los Angeles and plays an aspiring biker on the FX series, is the only suspect in Davis's death.

A neighbor told us Wednesday that Lewis had been "experimenting with a concoction of bath salts."

According to a spokesman at the Coroner's office, a toxicology report will take 6 to 8 weeks.

For more details read our earlier coverage here.

A close friend tells us that Davis ran a "residential inn, the Writer's Villa" out of her large Spanish Colonial home. "It was very high class and expensive," she said.

According to the Villa's website:

The ambience is much like that of a fine Bed and Breakfast Inn, combining the best of hotel and home.  Built in the style of a hacienda, the villa offers large rooms and private patios.

The friend also said in an email:

Her daughter, Margaret, wrote many books about famous people (Doheny, Mulholland, Murphy) and was commissioned to do commemorative books (Children's Hospital, Biltmore Hotel, Bullocks Wilshire).

The friend called her "the most kind, generous, thoughtful and caring person I've ever known."

Neighbors also said they were shocked to hear about what had happened, though one described the boarders at 3605 Lowry as "unruly."

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Diane McDonald September 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
My heart has been broken since hearing the news last night that Catherine was the woman who was killed in her home. So many of us worked with Catherine over the years. I'll never forget her voice, her smile and her heart. She was such a lovely person. R.I.P., Catherine! Diane McDonald Keller Williams Realty, Los Feliz
Tena Yatroussis September 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I would like to thank the Patch for responsible reporting. Cathy Davis is my friend. Your publication provides the only reporting to date that describes Cathy as more than a "landlady" or "an 81 year old woman renting a room". Cathy was an extraordinary, creative and generous individual who mentored and supported many successful creative people. Her death leaves a void that will be difficult to fill. She will be missed. Thank you for sharing something about who she was and the difference she made to others in your coverage of this tragedy. My heart goes out to her family and her many friends. Tena Yatroussis
Anthea Raymond (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 06:30 AM
@Tena, Diane-Thank you. Catherine, we know, was close with a number of you out there, who have already talked about her generosity and kindliness. Perhaps others will weigh in to tell Patch readers more about Catherine's life and what she meant to Los Feliz and Silver Lake. AR
Stephanie September 28, 2012 at 09:00 AM
He was not on "Sons of Anarchy" anymore. His character was killed off in the second season finale.

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