Ricardo Medina, 36, is charged with stabbing Josh Sutter
multiple times with the sword during a Jan. 31, 2015 argument
over the actor's girlfriend, the Los Angeles County District
Attorney's Office said in a written statement.
Medina was arrested at the time of Sutter's death but released
from jail within days after prosecutors asked for further
investigation in the high-profile case.
A spokeswoman for Los Angeles prosecutors declined to say what
additional evidence against Medina had been uncovered during the
"We're not going to try the case in the media before he's even
been to court," district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison
Medina, who faces up to 26 years in prison if he is convicted at
trial, was expected to be arraigned on the charges at an initial
court appearance on Tuesday. Prosecutors said they would ask at
that hearing that he be held on $1 million bail.
Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on the popular
"Power Rangers Wild Force" children's television series.
He also voiced the character of Deker on a later series, "Power
Rangers Samurai," which, like "Power Rangers Wild Force," was a
rebranded version the 1990s series "Mighty Morphin Power
Rangers," and appeared on such prime-time shows as "CSI: Miami"
According to an account provided by the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's department following the incident, Medina and Sutter
got into an argument over the actor's girlfriend at the
apartment they shared in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles.
Medina retreated to his bedroom with his girlfriend during the
argument and when Sutter forced open the door, Medina stabbed
him in the stomach, according to the sheriff's department.
Following the fatal confrontation Medina called the 911
emergency number and remained at the scene until sheriff's
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Alan Crosby)
[© 2016 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2016 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.