'Shield' actor pleads not guilty in death of wife

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'Shield' actor pleads not guilty in death of wife
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) - 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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