|Ricardo Medina, Jr.|
Palmdale, CA—L.A. County Sheriff’s officers responded to a Saturday 911 call from Ricardo Medina, Jr., 37 after he reportedly stabbed his roommate.
Deputies entered the home and found Joshua Sutter mortally wounded after being stabbed by a sword allegedly by the actor most famous for playing the Red Mighty Morphing Power Ranger.
A Sheriff’s spokesman said that Sutter was fighting with Medina who with his unidentified girlfriend fled to a bedroom. The dead man then forced his way into the bedroom when he was mortally wounded.
Sutter lived in the home but assuming the sheriff’s department is correct that he stepped up his violence by forcing his way into the safety of the bedroom. Depending on size or strength disparity use of deadly force to terminate such of an attack was reasonable.
Bail for Medina was set at $1million.
Since I specialize in self-defense cases this one is right up my alley. Should the District Attorney senselessly file a complaint or obtain an indictment I know I can help Medina. I'd welcome a call from him or his lawyer.
It would be a shame to see this lad’s life be destroyed by an ill-advised prosecution. Barring solid evidence, a confession or a witness statement this matter should end.
If Medina is forced to stand trial his career is over even if he is eventually acquitted. Americans are supposed entitled to the benefit of the reasonable doubt. Making a jury determine if the act was justified is a form of prosecutorial tyranny.
Such a prosecution could easily cost the accused to pay as much as $1 million in legal fees and costs.