In a Twitter post following the grisly murder-suicide scene Sutter tweeted that the loss of Lewis is:
“A tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way.”
Sutter further wrote:
“I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events of last night, but I was not.”
The shows creator then added:
“I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path. Yes, it’s day of mourning, but it’s also a day of awareness and gratitude. Sadly, some of us carry the message by dying.”
The crime and his death was not shocking to Sutter because Johnny Lewis had been arrested on several occasions for violent crimes before murdering his landlady on Wednesday morning.
The 28-year 0ld actor was released from jail on Sept. 21 after spending about six weeks behind bars for assault with a deadly weapon. Lewis had pled no contest to first degree burglary earlier this year, after his plea bargain was accepted he received 291 days in jail and three years probation for that felony count.
The coroners have not yet conducted a drug screen which could provide valuable information into the events leading up to the murder-suicide. A full drug panel usually takes several weeks to provide full results for investigation purposes.