Michael Jace pleads not guilty to killing wife
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[June 19, 2014]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Michael
Jace, who played a conflicted cop in the cable television drama "The
Shield," on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering
his wife last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's
Jace, 51, is accused of shooting and killing his 40-year-old
wife April on May 19 in their South Los Angeles home before
calling authorities to report an emergency.
The actor, who was dressed in a yellow prison jumpsuit, was
ordered to stay away from his two young children if he is able
to post his $2 million bail.
Jace is due back in Los Angeles Superior Court for a preliminary
hearing on Aug. 1. A call seeking comment from Jace's attorney,
Jason Sias, was not immediately returned.
If convicted, Jace faces a minimum sentence of 50 years and a
maximum life sentence in state prison.
The couple's two children, both younger than 10, were home at
the time of the shooting and are now in the care of relatives,
Authorities have not said what may have prompted the shooting.
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Jace, who has appeared mostly in supporting roles on television in
the past 20 years, is best known for portraying the sexually
conflicted Christian police officer Julien Lowe on the FX cable
drama "The Shield" from 2002 to 2008. He also had small parts in the
films "Forrest Gump," "Boogie Nights" and "Planet of the Apes,"
April Jace had worked in the financial aid office at Biola
University, an evangelical Christian university southeast of Los
Angeles, for the past year.
Jace has been in Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection since 2011.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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