Prosecutors charge 'Shield' actor Michael Jace with murder

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Prosecutors charge 'Shield' actor Michael Jace with murder
UNITED STATES - MARCH 12: Season Four Premiere of 'The Shield' at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, United States on March 12, 2005 - Michael Jace arrives to the season four premiere of 'The Shield'. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Actor Michael Jace (R) and his wife, April, attend the third season premiere screening of 'The Shield' at the Zanuck Theater on March 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The series 'The Shield' will premiere on the FX Network on March 9, 2004. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool
This undated image provided by Biola University shows April Jace, who, according to police, was shot multiple times by her husband, Michael Jace, after she returned home with their children, May 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. Michael Jace, who played a police officer in the hit FX series "The Shield." (AP Photo/Biola University)
Los Angeles County coroner's officials remove the body of April Jace, the wife of actor Michael Jace, from the couple's home in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014. Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting his wife to death, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dwight Flowers)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court for an arraignment on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace (C) appears in Los Angeles Court with his lawyers Peter Carr (R) and Jason Sias (L) on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
In this image taken from video from OnScene.tv, actor Michael Jace, right, is detained by police outside his home in Los Angeles on Monday night, May 19, 2014. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. (AP Photo/OnScene.tv)
Los Angeles County coroner's officials remove the body of April Jace, the wife of actor Michael Jace, from the couple's home in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014. Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting his wife to death, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dwight Flowers)
Neighbors are interviewed by media in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Actor Michael Jace (R) and his wife, April, attend the third season premiere screening of 'The Shield' at the Zanuck Theater on March 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The series 'The Shield' will premiere on the FX Network on March 9, 2004. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Yellow police tape seals off the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A police officer stands guard in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A police officer stands guard in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Yellow police tape seals off the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Actor Michael Jace was arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of his wife, April, at their home in Hyde Park, police said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
Law enforcement officials leave the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Actor Michael Jace (R) and his wife, April, attend the third season premiere screening of 'The Shield' at the Zanuck Theater on March 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The series 'The Shield' will premiere on the FX Network on March 9, 2004. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court for an arraignment on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
Michael Jace performs at WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct, 6, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct, 6, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Michael Jace during FOX TCA Party - Red Carpet at Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Mirek Towski/FilmMagic)
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, actor Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Los Angeles prosecutors charged Jace with murder on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in shooting death of his wife on Monday, May 19. If convicted he faces 50 years to life in prison. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Actors Michael Jace (L) and Catherine Dent pose at the 4th season premiere screening of FX's 'The Shield' at the Pacific Design Center on March 12, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 28: Actor Michael Jace arrives at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 'Behind The Scenes Double Header' with FX's 'The Shield' and 'Nip/Tuck' at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater on April 28, 2004 in No. Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: The cast of 'The Shield', with Michael Chiklis in front and (L-R) Benito Martinez, Walton Goggins, Jay Karnes, Glenn Close, Kenny Johnson, Michael Jace, Catherine Dent and Anthony Anderson pose at the 4th season premiere screening of FX's 'The Shield' at the Pacific Design Center on March 12, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: A police officer removes police tape from actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Jace makes his first appearance in court to face a homicide charge in relation to the shooting death of his wife in Los Angeles, California, May 22, 2014. Jace allegedly killed his wife, April Jace, at their south Los Angeles home three nights ago then called police to report the shooting. The 51-year-old actor is best known for his roles in 'LA Cop' and the television drama 'The Shield'. AFP PHOTO / Pool / David McNew (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court with his attorney Peter Carr (R) on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Actor Michael Jace appears in court for his arraignment on murder charges June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace is charged with the May 19 shooting death of his wife April Jace. (Photo by Nick Ut-Pool via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Media stands in front of actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: A general view of actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: A police officer removes police tape from actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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By ANTHONY McCARTNEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prosecutors charged actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," with murder on Thursday in the shooting death of his wife in their Los Angeles home.

Jace, 51, could face 50 years to life in state prison if convicted.

April Jace, 40, was shot multiple times and was found dead in a hallway of the family home in the quiet, modest Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Police recovered a handgun believed to belong to her husband.

Jace is being held in lieu of $2 million bail and was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for the first time. Prosecutors did not know whether he had an attorney or if one would be appointed to represent him.

No motive for the killing has been disclosed.

Detectives were investigating whether the couple's financial problems or other marital difficulties played a role in the killing that police said occurred during an argument Monday night while the couple's two sons, both under 10, were in the house. They were placed with relatives.

Jace called the emergency dispatcher, said he'd shot his wife and was at the home when officers arrived, police Detective Dean Vinluan has said.

Vinluan said there had been no reports of domestic violence at the home. However, the actor had been under financial pressure in recent years. He declared for bankruptcy in 2011 and had been delinquent on payments as recently as December.

Jace is best known for his role as LAPD Officer Julien Lowe in "The Shield." He also appeared on the show "Southland" and had small roles in the movies "Planet of the Apes," "Boogie Nights" and "Forrest Gump."

April Jace worked as a financial aid adviser at Biola University, a private Christian school. She had two sons with Jace and another son from a previous marriage, and had worked as a school teacher, according to court filings.

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