The voice of a former "Power Rangers" actor charged with killing his roommate filled a courtroom Thursday, when a 911 audio tape was played of him saying the two had gotten into an argument over the actor's then-girlfriend.
Ricardo Medina was arrested in January on suspicion of stabbing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, several times in the abdomen a year earlier at their house in Green Valley, California.
Thursday's preliminary hearing was supposed to decide whether there's enough evidence to prove a crime was committed.
"Damn it, Josh. Why did you do this, man? Why did you make me do this?" Medina can be heard saying in the recording.
Medina's attorney, Allen Bell, said his client was acting in self-defense. He hopes the judge will toss the case.
"Obviously it would be a victory for the defense if he was not held to answer," Bell said.
Sutter's family thinks there is no doubt Medina was the aggressor.
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"Josh don't have that in his heart to attack anybody," said Donald Sutter, the victim's father.
Sutter's father and sister were both in the courtroom as the prosecutor laid out graphic photographs of the crime scene and autopsy.
"It's the first time we've seen those photos so it's a massacre, it's awful," Rachel Kennedy said.
The sole witness of the incident is Medina's ex-girlfriend.
In court, she said she couldn't remember much about that night, except that she didn't think the stabbing with the samurai-type sword would be so severe as to lead to Sutter's death. She described the stabbing as "a poke."