‘Power Rangers’ Star Charged With Murder

Ricardo Medina Jr. faces 26 years in prison for allegedly stabbing his roommate to death

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Ricardo Medina Jr., a former star of the kids TV shows “Power Rangers Wild Force” and “Power Rangers Samurai,” was charged with murder Thursday in Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Medina, 36, is charged with one count of murder for the Jan. 31, 2015, fatal stabbing of Josh Sutter at a house the two shared in Green Valley.

The men allegedly got into an argument over Medina’s girlfriend. The argument turned physical and Medina allegedly stabbed Sutter multiple times with a sword.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday at the Antelope Valley Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $1 million. If convicted, Medina faces up to 26 years in prison.

Medina had previously been arrested shortly after his roommate’s death but was released after the district attorney declined to file charges in order to do more investigating.

Medina played Cole Evans on “Power Rangers Wild Force” for 39 episodes in 2002. He went on to play Deker in 24 episodes of “Power Rangers Samurai” between 2011 and 2012.

The original incarnation of the popular series, called “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” debuted in 1993 and quickly became a national phenomenon.

It followed a group of high school kids who gain superpowers, making them masters of martial arts and able to pilot massive interconnecting robots called Zords.