The Shield Star Michael Jace Pleads Not Guilty to Wife’s Murder (UPDATE)
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The Shield Star Michael Jace Pleads Not Guilty to Wife’s Murder (UPDATE)

Update (June 18, 2014): Nearly a month after he was arrested, Michael Jace has pled not guilty in the case of his wife's murder, reports TMZ. He's being held on $2 million bail and if convicted, faces 50 years to life in state prison.

Update (May 22, 2014): CNN reports that The Shield star Michael Jace has officially been charged with murder following the shooting death of his wife, April Jace, late on the night of May 19.

Additionally, two children of unspecified ages were present in the couple's Los Angeles home at the time of April's death — and are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Update (May 20, 2014): Via CNN, we have new details in the shooting death of April Jace, wife of The Shield actor Michael Jace.

The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed they arrested Michael at his house early this morning (May 20) and booked him on a homicide charge — and confirmed that he was the one who called 911.

"At this moment the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence," the press release states.

Michael's bail is set at $1 million.

Original story (May 20, 2014): Michael Jace, star of the FX police drama The Shield, has been detained by cops early Tuesday morning in connection to the fatal shooting of his wife, April Jace. According to a Hyde Park, California ABC affiliate, the shooting took place at 8:30 p.m. Monday night, while their children were home.

TMZ reports that Michael called the police himself shortly after the shooting took place and admitted that he shot his wife, and was later arrested for murder at 3:34 a.m. — but that piece of intel on the case has yet to be confirmed by law enforcement.

Allegedly, a little while after April got home with their children Monday night, the incident took place, and a bit later, Michael called 911 and stayed on the phone until police arrived as the dispatcher instructed. The cause of the dispute is yet to be determined, but according to Variety, it is currently believed to be domestic violence.

While Michael is best known for “The Shield,” he has also played roles in Southland, The Mentalist, and Private Practice.

Not much information about the investigation has been released at this time, but police insist that Michael hasn’t officially been arrested — just detained.

Sources: TMZ ABC, TMZ, Variety, CNN, CNN

05.20.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Nicole Pomarico
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