No Charges for Power Ranger in Stabbing

Ricardo Medina killed friend in self-defense: lawyer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2015 3:33 AM CST
No Charges for Power Ranger in Stabbing
Medina played the Red Power Ranger in 2002's 'Power Rangers Wild Force' TV show.   (YouTube/ShamanFryd)

A former Power Ranger has been released from prison without being charged in the stabbing death of a friend, the New York Daily News reports. A reported fight between Ricardo Medina Jr., 36, and Joshua Sutter, 36, who was staying in Medina's apartment, ended in Sutter's death. Medina was jailed in the Los Angeles County incident, but the district attorney rejected the case and returned it to the sheriff's office to be further investigated, KTLA reports. Meanwhile, Medina, who played the red Power Ranger in some versions of the show, has apologized: "I’m very, very, very sorry for what occurred,” he told the media. "I’m very happy to be out of jail, and my heart goes out to the Sutter family."

The sheriff had called the pair roommates, but a lawyer for Medina said Sutter was a houseguest and friend of Medina. According to TMZ, the two got in an argument over Medina's girlfriend; Sutter was frustrated that she was spending time at the apartment while Medina was out. The argument turned physical, TMZ reports. After Medina and his girlfriend entered his room, Sutter forced open the door, a sheriff's statement says, adding that "suspect Medina stabbed victim Sutter once in the abdomen with a sword kept next to the bedroom door." Medina's lawyer says it was self-defense: "He was not only defending himself, but a young lady who was an independent witness, who observed the entire incident," the lawyer notes. (Read more murder stories.)

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