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'Shield' actor pleads not guilty in death of wife

By Anthony McCartney

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.

Michael Jace entered the plea through his attorneys and was told by a judge to stay away from his two children and not contact them if he is eventually released on $2 million bail.

Jace, 51, is accused of shooting his wife to death on May 19 in their Los Angeles home. The children, both under 10, were home at the time and unharmed.

Jace's attorney Jason Sias said his client might seek a reduction of his bail at a future hearing.

The lawyer said Jace did not contest the protective order involving his children because he wants to do what is best for them.

"Mr. Jace is just concerned about his children," Sias said after the hearing.

The actor is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 1 for a possible preliminary hearing involving evidence in the case.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the slaying but have said they were looking into whether financial or other domestic issues may have been involved.

The family of April Jace has called her death a senseless act of domestic violence. Police say Michael Jace called 911 to report the killing.

Audio of Jace's call has not been made public, but fire officials have released a 911 call from April Jace's father in which he says the actor told him he had shot the victim.

"My son-in-law called me, and (texted) me, and said come get the kids because he shot April, our daughter," the caller, whose name was redacted from the audio, told a fire department dispatcher.

April Jace, 40, a financial aid counselor at Biola University, had three sons, including the two with Michael Jace.

Michael Jace also appeared on the show "Southland" and had small roles in the movies "Planet of the Apes," ''Boogie Nights" and "Forrest Gump."

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ectullis June 18 2014 at 5:29 PM

Black, of course

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Terry June 18 2014 at 6:53 PM

NOT GUILTY??? I thought he made the 911 call himself and told them he had just shot his wife. Crazy............

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sammy4jo June 18 2014 at 8:03 PM


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Grego sammy4jo June 19 2014 at 7:48 AM

self defense

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bottomtime321 June 18 2014 at 6:19 PM

Black on Black crime doesn't pay for Jesse "Jackass" Jackson or Al "Not so Sharp" Sharpton.
With all the shootings in Chicago, the two are no where to be seen because they can't blame it on another race.
So yes, it is a BLACK a BLACK problem.

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lefreak79 June 18 2014 at 7:30 PM

I remember seeing him in F. Gump and Boogie Nights and the rest of the movies. I really like him -- feel sorry for him. Something just snapped. Could happen to any of us. If you deny that it couldn't, then you are very naïve. I wish him the best.

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fenwaypark9 June 19 2014 at 12:35 AM

He will claim racism and get off. Watch and see.

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Sedgwick fenwaypark9 June 19 2014 at 11:27 AM

Shut up

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to peace fenwaypark9 June 19 2014 at 6:12 PM

you make no sense.

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JEFF June 19 2014 at 4:15 PM


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sherragoode June 18 2014 at 8:12 PM

He is not staying he did not kill her he is pleading not guilty to murder. Yes, he said he killed her on the tapped 911 call and he told his father-in-law by phone but you have to see what the reason was behind the killing and it is so easy for us to say it is murder because he killed her and not know the circumstance. Believe it or not everyone of us has a killer in us for some of us it takes little of nothing for it to come out for others it take heaven and earth to bring it out but it is there and you don't know what can or may trigger it. In America we have a justice system where you are innocent until proven guilty which from the out come of the cases we have seen in Florida lately make it seem shitty so, he have the right to say I am not guilty.

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April Oakley June 18 2014 at 7:07 PM

Everyone knows he did it! He even knows! I guess he just wants to use up tax payers money for a lengthy trial!

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g23you2012 April Oakley June 18 2014 at 7:27 PM

I really wonder what made him change his mind in accepting guilt? He did it at first in what he told him father in law. And how he conducted himself after he killed her. I wonder......

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barbphen60 g23you2012 June 18 2014 at 7:59 PM

Well, there is that book and movie deal in it for him.

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TR by ML Neal... g23you2012 June 18 2014 at 9:03 PM

A lawyer showed up.....

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g23you2012 June 18 2014 at 6:38 PM

He pleaded not guilty?! He already admitted to his guilt if I remember correctly.

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donc703 g23you2012 June 18 2014 at 6:48 PM

That's the America we live in now ..... nobody takes responsibility for their actions. He did admit it when he called 911, but now he has a lawyer.

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g23you2012 donc703 June 18 2014 at 7:25 PM

I don't know whether the lawyer influenced him or not. But he is guilty as he could be. He took responsibility at first. He admitted it to his father in law. And he waited for the cops to arrest him. I respected him being stand up like that even though he murdered her. But, if he is coming with a lot of bs about he is innocent. Now, I don't respect him. I am sure he killed her. I will never say I KNOW he did it again on anybody I did not see for myself. I finally learned that about four months ago. You never really know absolutely that a person is guilty unless you saw it for yourself. I am only sure he is guilty. I do not KNOW.

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jackie donc703 June 19 2014 at 12:49 AM

Any lawyer that takes the case and pleads not guilty for this *******. Should be sentenced along with him for lying too. He did it. He said he did it. She's dead. He caused her death. So what part of not guilty does that fall under if not a big elaborate lie to confuse the jury into a reasonable doubt as to wheather he is sane or not. Sure he's sane. He's a well paid actor I'm sure he remembers his lines and cues. Now think of another lie. " If the glove don't fit you must aquit"

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Chickiepoo g23you2012 June 18 2014 at 10:27 PM

Pleading "not guilty" is simply a "legal maneuver"......

California has several "Murder Statutes"..... This article did not specify WHICH Statute he was charged

If he pleads "guilty".....it ends THERE....he would be sentenced according to the sentencing guidelines
OF the Statute that he pled guilty TO.

If he pleads "not guilty"......THAT opens the "door" for HIS attorney to submit to the Prosecutor that
in lieu of a trial.....he would "plead guilty" to one of the LESSER Murder Statutes......OR.....the
Prosecutor can offer to HIM to reduce the charge to that of a LESSER Murder Statute in exchange for a
"guilty" plea......

It's simply a "legal maneuver"......designed to get the best "deal" for one's client.....

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jorobo3 Chickiepoo June 19 2014 at 1:29 PM

What kind of "best deal" did his wife get?

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Chickiepoo Chickiepoo June 19 2014 at 2:52 PM

FOR: "jorobo3".....

Please learn to read AND comprehend WHAT you read......

My post was strictly an "informational" post........ My education and background are IN Law
Enforcement and legal research.

Maybe you should learn to COMPREHEND the DIFFERENCE between "information".....AND....
"personal opinion"......which BTW.....I offered no "personal opinion" in my post.

Good luck to YOU..........SMH.

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