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Warning signs seen before actor’s violent end

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LOS ANGELES — An attorney for an actor who killed his landlady before plunging to his death believes a drug-induced psychosis was responsible for his former client's violent outburst.

Authorities on Friday searched for a motive behind the slaying by Johnny Lewis, who once worked on the TV drama "Sons of Anarchy."

Investigators found 81-year-old Catherine Davis and Lewis dead Wednesday morning after neighbors reported a woman screaming inside her home. Police said Lewis is the only suspect in the slaying and they will await toxicology tests to determine if the actor was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Attorney Jonathan Mandel says drugs may have played a factor in the attack on the elderly woman and added Lewis had recently struggled with serious mental health issues.