Ex-Power Ranger To Be Released in Murder Case No Charges ... Yet

2/3/2015 1:55 PM PST
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Ricardo Medina Jr. -- the former Power Ranger arrested for stabbing his roommate to death -- is about to walk free ... while cops investigate and prosecutors decide whether to charge him. 

The L.A. County D.A.'s Office declined to charge Medina -- for now -- and instead asked Sheriff's investigators to dig for more information about the fight that ended with Medina fatally stabbing Joshua Sutter with a sword.

Prosecutors had to release Medina now because they're not charging him with a crime yet.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Medina is claiming he acted in self-defense. As we've reported ... Medina told cops Sutter forced his way into his bedroom before the stabbing. The question for investigators -- would stabbing an unarmed man constitute self-defense?

We're also told investigators are waiting for toxicology results on Sutter to determine if he was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.