FORMER POWER RANGER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER
The saga of former “Power Rangers” star Ricardo Medina, Jr. continues. During his arraignment on Friday, the actor pled not guilty to murdering his roommate on January 31st, 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger in “Power Rangers Wild Force” in 2002, and the voice of Deker in the 2011 series “Power Rangers Samurai.”
Medina is accused of stabbing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, several times in the abdomen with a sword, following an argument over Medina’s girlfriend. The two men lived in Green Valley, north of Los Angeles. After the stabbing, of which Medina maintains was in self-defense, he called 911 and waited for the police to arrive. Sutter was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Medina was arrested on February 1st, 2015, but released on February 3rd, with no charges filed, as the prosecutor wanted further investigations. Nearly a year passed before Medina was arrested again on January 19th, 2016, this time on murder charges connected to the incident.
In addition to his roles in the “Power Rangers” franchise, Medina had roles in multiple other TV shows, including “ER” and “CSI: Miami,” and a part in William Malone’s 2008 film PARASOMNIA. Medina could face up to 26 years to life in prison if found guilty. His next court appearance comes on October 20th.
This comes at a time in which Saban Entertainment would like to remove itself from any negative stigmas associated with the brand. The production company, with Lionsgate, are set to release a new live-action feature film, simply titled POWER RANGERS.
Set to debut on March 1, 2017, the film stars Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Scott, Becky G., Bill Hader, Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery, and RJ Cyler, with Dean Israelite directing.
Still from the upcoming movie