It’s been almost one year to the day that we first reported an incident in which Ricardo Medina Jr., an actor who appeared in two incarnations of the Power Rangers TV show (Samurai and Wild Force, to be exact), was arrested for stabbing his roommate to death with a sword. The two were apparently arguing over a woman, when the victim burst into Medina’s room only to be met by the edge of a sword.
It was on January 31, 2015, that the victim, Josh Sutter, was killed via sword. The initial reaction by authorities after Medina’s arrest was that it might have been a case of self-defense, and the actor was set free while an investigation ensued. On Thursday, Medina — who was a Power Ranger for more than 60 episodes of the hit series — was formally charged with murder, and if convicted, faces up to 26 years in prison. The former Ranger will be arraigned on Tuesday in an L.A. Superior Court, and prosecutors are looking to set bail at $1 million.
This is not the first time a Power Ranger has delved deep into self-destruction. Skylar Julius Deleon once appeared on the original version of the Power Rangers, and is now on Death Row for the murder of a couple out at sea. Deleon also tried to saw his penis off while awaiting trial for the double homicide, and investigators believe that the impetus for the murders was financial; the former actor wanted a sex change operation.
So, uh, yeah…never appear on a Power Rangers program. That’s, I guess, the moral here.
(Via The Wrap)