'Power Rangers' Actor Not Charged in Murder Case
Ricardo Medina Jr. was arrested Saturday for allegedly murdering his roommate.
Former Power Rangers actor Ricardo Medina Jr. has been released from jail after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office determined there was a need for further investigation into the death of his roommate, Joshua Sutter, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Medina, 37, was arrested on Saturday for allegedly murdering Sutter. The actor stabbed Sutter in the abdomen with a sword, said police. He was jailed, with bail set at $1 million.
However, following a court date on Tuesday morning, Medina was released from jail and not charged. A representative for the Los Angeles County DA’s office said that the sheriff's department has been asked to conduct further investigation, and if they have more evidence to present, the DA's office will review that and decide whether to proceed with charges. The DA's office hasn’t ruled out charging Medina at a future date.
"His case was rejected, pending further investigation," Deputy Amber Smith told THR.
Following his release, Medina spoke to reporters and apologized for the incident. "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."
Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on Power Rangers Wild Force in 2002 and played villain Deker on Power Rangers Samurai. He was also a contestant on VH1’s 2005 reality show Kept.
Feb. 3, 6:05 p.m. Updated with Medina's comments.