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Actor Michael Jace Charged With Murder In LA Court

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Actor Michael Jace, who is accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife, April, on May 19, entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment this morning. He was ordered to return to court Aug. 1 for a preliminary hearing meant to enable a judge to determine if the evidence warrants a trial.

(FOX 11 / AP) Actor Michael Jace is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday for arraignment on a murder charge filed after his wife's shooting death last month.The actor, who played a police officer on the television series "The Shield," did not enter a plea during his initial court appearance last month. Police say Jace shot his wife April multiple times in the family's Los Angeles home on May 19 while their young children were present. The boys were unharmed and are now living with relatives.

Police have not released a motive for the slaying but have said they are looking into whether financial or other domestic issues may have been involved. Jace's attorneys have said the case is still in its early stages and their investigation is ongoing.

April Jace's family has called her death a senseless act of domestic violence.

Police say Jace called 911 to report the killing. Their two children were at home at the time but were unharmed.

Audio of Jace's call has not been released, but fire officials released a 911 call from April Jace's father earlier this month in which he says the actor told him he had shot his wife.

From Sandra Endo:

He's best known for playing a police officer in the TV series "The Shield" but in reality actor Michael Jace is on the other side of the law The 51 year old is charged with murder for allegedly killing his wife April on may 19 at the couples home.

Their two children who are both under 10 years old were inside the house at the time but were not injured.

The actor called 911 after the shooting and was arrested the next morning.

Jace apparently struggled with financial problems in the past. in 2011 he filed for bankruptcy with debts of more than half a million dollars.

He also may have had a violent streak. His ex wife reportedly accused him of domestic violence and said the actor threatened to kill her if she fought him over visitation rights.

Jace has been held in jail on 2 million dollars bail.

"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 two boys under the age of 10 with 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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