Michael Jace, who played a police detective on "The Shield," has been formally charged with the murder of his wife April, who was shot to death at their south Los Angeles home while their kids were inside.
If convicted, Jace faces 50 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, which issued the charge of one count of murder with a gun allegation on Thursday, May 22. The 51-year-old actor has not commented. He is set to be arraigned later in the day and prosecutors plan to ask to have his bail set at $2 million. He is currently in jail on a $1 million bond.
Police had said that officers responded to a call about a shooting at the residence on Monday night and saw the actor exiting the building when they arrived. Inside, they found April, 40, shot dead. Police arrested Michael and he was jailed on a $1 million bond.
Authorities said the couple's two young sons were home at the time of the killing and that it is unclear if they saw their mother shot. They were later taken away to stay with relatives.
A detective told CNN that Michael called 911 to report that his wife had been shot, while neighbors also called the police to report hearing gunshots. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled April's death a homicide and preliminary autopsy results showed she died of "multiple gunshot wounds," the outlet reported.
Police had said after the arrest that they believed domestic violence was the motive of the killing. Michael used to be married to another woman, Jennifer Bitterman, and court records stemming from their divorce quote a friend who lived with them as saying that he once choked and hit his then-wife and "slammed her against the wall while Jordan (their son) screamed in his crib next to her," according to OTRC.com's parent company, KABC Television.
Michael played LAPD detective Julien Lowe on "The Shield," which aired on FX 2002 and 2008. Michael also played Terrell on TNT's "Southland."