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Prosecutors charge 'Shield' actor Michael Jace with murder


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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wadisplace May 22 2014 at 4:52 PM

You can take a brother out of the 'hood. But you can't take the 'hood out of the brother.

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ls19 May 22 2014 at 4:34 PM

How sad... Kids were in the house... called the cops on himself...Probably just lost control and wasn't thinking... This is why guns don't belong in homes...

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prnyl May 22 2014 at 4:13 PM

Presidential pardon for one of the brothers?

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Houmpheng Phonsavath May 22 2014 at 4:31 PM

I guess white people make him do it.

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rainey17 May 22 2014 at 4:40 PM

He should have turned the gun on himself before or afterwards....

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mlphil03 May 22 2014 at 4:38 PM

What a pathetic loser..He probably have been abusing his wife for years. These type of men are very violent verbally and physically...They are walking time bombs!!!

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mcris110 mlphil03 May 22 2014 at 4:53 PM

Agreed. He should have turned the gun on himself. It's so sad that her kids lost their mom. A very sad and tragic story.

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cbshubert mlphil03 May 23 2014 at 9:46 AM

I agree, these type of men are very violent verbally and physically, I'm in this situation right now.

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jurmik May 22 2014 at 5:09 PM

Some silly/ignorant comments, Mr Obama did not do it FYI.

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The Canoli King May 22 2014 at 4:02 PM

"O" & holder will be on the case,he be blick.

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mvnup May 23 2014 at 11:00 AM

If Mr. 0 had a brother he would be just like this guy.

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Mike May 22 2014 at 5:33 PM

White people are so full of hate. And most of you call yourself Christians. So sad.

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