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Johnny Lewis

Fresh Out of JAIL

Before Murder

9/27/2012 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Johnny Lewis
-- the man suspected of murdering his 81-year-old landlady Wednesday -- was  6 days out of jail before the killing ... TMZ has learned.

Lewis was released from L.A. County Jail on September 21.  We're told he had several criminal cases filed against him at the time of his death.

We do not know the nature of the offenses, but law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the "Sons of Anarchy" star was also recently in rehab.

What's more ... we're told a dead cat was found in the house where Lewis lived with the landlady -- and the home was ransacked. Police are investigating, but Lewis is also suspected of killing the cat.

As we reported ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe Lewis was either on PCP or Meth at the time of the murder.  The 2 people who fought Lewis before he fell to his death from a roof told cops the actor exhibited "superhuman strength."

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YdoIreadthisstuff    

Hey TMZ, Why didn't we know Johnny Lewis was in jail and released 6 days ago? You're slipping TMZ!

573 days ago
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Logan R    

I feel sorry for the families involved but that's one less meth head in the system.

573 days ago
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Canadasux    

This "genius" sounds like a great candidate for the death penalty.

573 days ago
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ray    

why do you continue to use the term " star of SOA" He was on the show, butH

573 days ago
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Major Sunder    

johnny lewis sons of anarchy found dead pics - http://x.co/oIj3

573 days ago
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Jay W.     

There's a lot of holes to this story. More to follow.

573 days ago
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Reed    

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

573 days ago
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Sonja    

He killed her cat too??

573 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

this is what happens when you give junkies money, reality tv is not real but these dead people are....

573 days ago
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lissabirdie    

OH boy .....I hope it wasnt the bath salts

573 days ago
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rosalind    

Very sad. It does sound like PCP. Isn't "28" the age that seems to repeat itself in many of these famous tragic deaths?

573 days ago
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Carl    

At least Karma caught up with him quickly.

573 days ago
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adelle    

so strange... but the pcp/meth angle would make sense...after all the horror stories about meth and pcp I just don't understand why some people would insist on doing it...I have heard stories of people who go on 'pcp' rampages in which it can take numerous bullet's to take that person down... or that somewhat infamous video in which someone on meth steals a bait car and starts to stab the wheel repeatedly while driving at high speeds and screaming like a maniac... its scary stuff to watch...it's hard to understand where people's heads are at or why someone would use pcp or meth....these two drugs in particular are known to cause and trigger serious and dangerous psychotic episodes in people...why would anyone ever think they are immune to that happening? I would be scared even being in the same room as someone under the influence of pcp or meth...if I'm walking downtown in my city and see a tweeker doin the 'itchy scratchy' dance I always cross the street. Watching them twitch just scares me to death..it's just so sad and sick.

573 days ago
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Jen    

Sick Sad World.

573 days ago
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edward stengel    

How long was he in jail, and what were the crimes he was charged with? This should be public information. Criminal offenses are a matter of public record, and the public has a right to know.

573 days ago
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