Former Power Rangers Samurai actor Ricardo Medina Jr. has been released from jail after being arrested over the weekend in the fatal stabbing of his roommate Joshua Sutter. No charges were filed against the 37-year-old, but according to ABC 7, the district attorney asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to further investigate the events leading up to Medina stabbing his roommate with a sword.
Friends tell the outlet that Medina acted out of self-defense on Saturday, Jan. 31, adding that Sutter beat Medina in the kitchen of their home before forcing himself into Medina’s locked bedroom, where Medina’s girlfriend was also located.
"There simply aren't facts here for a crime,” said Allen Bell, Medina’s attorney. “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.”
Sutter’s sister, Rachel Kennedy, spoke with ABC 7 about the incident, saying she doesn’t buy the self-defense claims.
“I just don't feel he would go and attack someone that he knows could take him down. Who does that? No one. He knew Rick's skills," Kennedy said. “[Medina] should absolutely pay for this one way or another. I won't give up, and I won't let my little brother's voice ever be stopped. I will speak for him and fight for him forever."
Following his release, Medina said, “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.”
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