Actor Michael Jace From ‘The Shield,’ Convicted of Killing His Wife Near Their Kids

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
May 31, 2016 3:26 pm Last Updated: May 31, 2016 5:02 pm

Actor Michael Jace, a police officer from TV show “The Shield,” was convicted on May 31 of second-degree murder in the deadly shooting of his wife.

The jury, made up of six men and six women, decided on the verdict, which was announced in court after a week-long trial.

Defense lawyers acknowledged that Jace killed his wife, April, but argued he should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter because it wasn’t a deliberate act.

However, a prosecutor told jurors that Jace was mad because his wife wanted a divorce. Evidence presented at the trial showed that the actor shot his wife three times in their home on May 2014—once in the back and once in each leg.

Jace, 53, shot his wife in a hallway in front of their young sons, who were ages 5 and 8 at the time.

She was killed after coming home from a youth baseball game.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22:  Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court for an arraignment on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama "The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-PoolGetty Images)
Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court for an arraignment on May 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, a cast member of the TV drama “The Shield,” was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (David McNew-PoolGetty Images)

Text messages presented during the trial show Jace had told his wife he had left their home, but instead was waiting with a loaded revolver.

Jace, who played a police officer on “The Shield,” told authorities that he only wanted to injure his wife, not kill her.

“I was just angry,” Jace told investigators, according to a released transcript.

“All I intended to do was shoot her in the leg. And then I shot her in the leg and that was it.”

One of the boys who witnessed the murder testified in court during the trial. Jace’s 10-year-old son said he heard his father tell his mother, an avid runner, “If you like running, then run to heaven” before shooting her legs.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Police tape hangs in front of of actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife .  (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Police tape hangs in front of of actor Michael Jace’s home on May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Jace told authorities he wanted to kill himself after shooting his wife, but could not follow through. 

The actor, who appeared in “Forrest Gump” and the 2001 film “Planet of the Apes,” could face 40 years to life in prison.

April Jace, 40, was a financial aid counselor at Biola University

The Associated Press contributed to this report.