Ex-Power Ranger released from jail after no charges filed; DA requests further investigation

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Former Power Ranger, Ricardo Medina Jr., who friends say fatally stabbed his roommate in self-defense was released from jail Tuesday. The district attorney has requested further investigation.

No charges were filed on Tuesday against former Power Ranger, Ricardo Medina Jr., and the district attorney has requested further investigation from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Medina, 36, was released from custody at about 1 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

"I want to say I am very, very, very sorry for what occurred. I'm very happy to be out of jail and my heart goes out to the Sutter family. Thank you," Medina said following his release.

Friends say the actor fatally stabbed his roommate, 36-year-old Joshua Sutter, with a sword in self-defense at their Green Valley home in the 38000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road on Saturday afternoon.

The two men were involved in an argument, which turned into a fight. Medina told detectives that he had retreated to his bedroom with his girlfriend, but that Sutter barged in. Medina allegedly grabbed a sword that he kept by his bed and stabbed Sutter in the stomach.

"There simply aren't facts here for a crime. It is a self-defense case. It's been a self-defense case. You have an individual here that was the victim of a beating in the kitchen area before he went to the bedroom and closed and locked the door in order to secure himself from any continuing violence," said Allen Bell, Medina's attorney.

After Sutter collapsed, Medina called 911, stayed at the scene and waited for help. Sutter was taken to a hospital, where he later died, and Medina was booked on suspicion of murder at the Palmdale Sheriff's Station.

Rachel Kennedy, Sutter's sister, says she is mortified that her brother's killer was released.

"Never thought in a million years this was an option," Kennedy said.

Medina is best known for his role as the red Power Ranger in "Power Rangers Samurai."

Actor Ricardo Medina Jr., 36, is seen in a still from the 'Power Rangers Samurai' TV series.



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