A former children’s show star has been arrested on a charge of murder. Actor Ricardo Medina Jr., star of 2011's “Power Rangers: Samurai” spin-off, was arrested Thursday for the second time in connection with the open murder case of his roommate.
Medina, 38, played Deker on “Power Rangers: Samurai” after getting his start on “Power Rangers: Wild Force.” His character was a villain cursed by a mysterious force to perpetually seek an opponent for the “Ultimate Duel,” which he found in the Red Ranger in the video below.
The man who portrayed the character was arrested and charged with stabbing his roommate, Josh Sutter, on Jan. 31, 2015. Variety reports that Sutter was stabbed multiple times with a sword after an argument between he and Medina turned physical. The argument was allegedly over Medina’s girlfriend at the time.
While Medina was arrested at the time of the murder, he claimed it was self-defense and thus wasn’t charged with a crime. However, after police conducted a more thorough investigation of the incident, they determined that they had enough evidence against the former children’s star to actually charge him with one count of murder. He will be arraigned on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Antelope Valley Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court and prosecutors are expected to request his bail be set at $1 million.
According to TMZ, Sutter’s family believes that Medina was arrested again on the charge because evidence didn’t back up his claim that the killing was done in self-defense. They specifically cite the fact that Sutter had defensive wounds on his hands and that most of the blood from the incident was outside of Medina’s room. The outlet reports that Medina’s original claim indicated that he retreated to his room to escape an attack from Sutter.
If a court chooses to convict Sutter of the crime, he could spend up to 26 years in prison.