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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