An actor on the FX network show “The Shield” has been convicted in the fatal shooting of his wife. Michael Jace was convicted by a jury at the end of his murder trial in a Los Angeles courtroom.
According to prosecutors in the case, 53-year-old Jace shot and killed his 40-year-old wife, April, at the couple’s shared residence in LA, California. Jace allegedly used a handgun belonging to the victim’s father.
The homicide was witnessed by the couple’s two children. One of the kids, a 10-year-old boy, testified at the trial and said that he heard Jace scream at the victim and shout, “If you like running, then run to heaven.” The boy then heard a gunshot being fired.
Additionally, prosecutors said that Jace spoke with Los Angeles detectives shortly after committing the homicide. According to authorities, Jace told police that he initially planned to use the gun to commit suicide but later decided that he wanted to shoot his wife instead. Law enforcement recorded an interview in which Jace reportedly confessed to wanting to torture his wife by shooting her in the legs and causing her to suffer intense pain.
Just two weeks before being murdered, April had celebrated her 40th birthday. She worked as a financial aid counselor at Biola University.
After the verdict was handed down by the jury, Savoy Brown, the victim’s son from another relationship, spoke with reporters and said that his family was pleased that Jace had been convicted.
Jace did not take the witness stand during the murder trial. Jace’s criminal defense attorney has indicated that Jace may speak during the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for a later date.
For more information about this case, read the Yahoo.com article, “Former ‘Shield’ Actor Convicted of Second Degree Murder.”
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