After being arrested on suspicion of stabbing his flat-mate to death, Ricardo Medina has been released by California authorities without being charged. Medina shot to international fame in 2002 for his role in the Power Rangers TV series and has since scored an array of high-profile film and television appearances.
“I am very happy to be out of jail and my heart goes out to the Sutter family,” said the actor as he made his way out of police custody following his arrest over the weekend.
Medina was accused of stabbing Joshua Sutter to death at his home in Palmdale on Saturday evening, following an argument which quickly spiraled into a violent altercation. Sutter was rushed to hospital with a single stab wound to the stomach, though could not be saved. Having been suspected as inflicting the fatal wound on his flat-mate, Medina was brought into police custody under suspicion of murder.
However, Medina’s account as to what exactly took place on January 31 suggests a wholly different scenario where the accidental blow was inflicted through self-defense. Prosecutors for LA County have therefore made the decision to further ongoing investigations and hold-off on bringing any charges against the actor until sufficient evidence has been gathered to facilitate a conclusion.
Medina strongly denies all charges and insists the death of Sutter was a tragic accident bred of his own aggression and physical attack on both Media and his girlfriend. The pair were supposedly forced to flee to another room and barricade the door after being physically attacked by Sutter, who then broke the door down in order to continue his assault. At this time, Medina took hold of a sword to deter Sutter, accidentally piercing his stomach which led to his death.
“There simply aren’t facts here for a crime,” said Medina’s lawyer, Alan Bell.
“It is a self-defense case. You have an individual here who was the victim of a beating in the kitchen area before he went to the bedroom and locked the door to secure himself from any continuing violence,”
“Sutter kicked the door in to continue the aggression.”