Actor Michael Jace To Be Arraigned For Wife’s Murder

Michael Jace Court Appearance

Actor Michael Jace, 51, is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom today for arraignment on a murder charge for allegedly killing his wife last month at their home during an argument.

Police say Jace called 911 shortly after the incident to report the shooting, and was arrested early the next morning. The couple’s two boys, both under the age of 10, were also present at the time but were unharmed and are now living with relatives.

Although audio from Jace’s 911 call remains private, fire officials released a 911 phone call from April Jace’s father earlier this month in which the actor allegedly admitted to shooting his wife.

“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.

Jace is best known for his role as Detective Julien Lowe in the FX series “The Shield.” He also appeared in films such as “Forrest Gump” and “Planet of the Apes.”April Jace worked as a counselor at the financial aid office at Biola University in La Mirada.

“April’s radiant personality brought great energy to the Financial Aid Office,” said Geoff March, the university’s senior director of financial aid. “Her love for helping students and families and her great work ethics earned the respect and love of her co-worker. Her smiling face and helpful spirit will be missed by all.”

Authorities have not released a motive behind the killing, but are looking into whether financial or other domestic issues may have been involved. A neighbor told The Times that Jace struggled to find steady work since “The Shield” ended its run. He filed for bankruptcy in 2011, citing debts of more than $500,000.

If convicted as charged, Jace faces 50 years to life in state prison, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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