Actor facing murder trial
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