Ac­tor fac­ing mur­der trial

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Open­ing state­ments were ex­pected to be­gin yes­ter­day in the mur­der trial of an ac­tor who played a po­lice of­fi­cer in the tele­vi­sion se­ries The Shield. Lawyers and a judge were hop­ing to fi­nalise jury se­lec­tion and be­gin open­ing state­ments in the trial of Michael Jace, who is ac­cused of killing his wife of nine years in a shoot­ing that was at least par­tially wit­nessed by their young sons. The ac­tor called a po­lice dis­patcher and said he had killed his wife, au­thor­i­ties say. Jace also phoned his fa­ther-in­law to pick up the chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to an­other 911 call re­leased by fire of­fi­cials. The ac­tor has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have said his state of mind on the day of the killing will be a key el­e­ment of his de­fence. April Jace, 40, was a fi­nan­cial aid coun­selor at Bi­ola Univer­sity and had two sons with the de­fen­dant. The boys were five and eight when she was killed. Her fam­ily called her death a sense­less act of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Michael Jace worked steadily in small roles in films such as Planet of the Apes, Boo­gie Nights, For­rest Gump and the tele­vi­sion se­ries South­land. Prospec­tive jurors were asked on Mon­day for their thoughts on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, in­fi­delity and tech­nol­ogy.

AC­CUSED: Michael Jace

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