LANCASTER – An actor who appeared in the children’s television series “Power Rangers Samurai” pleaded not guilty in a Lancaster courtroom Friday to murdering his roommate last year.
Ricardo Medina, 37, allegedly stabbed his roommate, Josh Sutter, multiple times with a sword after an argument that turned physical on Jan. 31, 2015, at a house the two shared on the 38000 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road in Green Valley.
The two men had allegedly gotten into an argument about Medina’s girlfriend.
Medina called 9-1-1 after the sword attack, remained at the location and was later interviewed by homicide detectives and then arrested, sheriff’s officials said.
Medina was released from police custody on Feb. 3, 2015, according to LASD inmate records. No charges were filed at the time because the District Attorney’s Office needed further investigation, spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
Medina was arrested again on Jan. 14, 2016, following a nearly yearlong investigation into the killing and he was charged one count of murder.
If convicted as charged, he could face up to 26 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
A preliminary hearing is set for October 20 at the Antelope Valley courthouse to determine if there is enough evidence to require Medina to stand trial for murder.
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