Michael Jace Pleads Not Guilty to Wife's Murder

The Shield actor accused of fatally shooting April Jace last month.

Posted: 06/19/2014 08:45 AM EDT

Michael Jace has pled not guilty to murdering his wife, CBS News reports. The actor, best known for his role on The Shield, appeared in court in Los Angeles for an arraignment on Wednesday. Jace reportedly confessed to pulling the trigger immediately after the incident.

Jace is accused of fatally shooting wife April Jace on May 19 at their home in LA's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was detained for questioning at the time and booked on a homicide charge early the next morning.

The actor called 911 to say his wife had been shot. Los Angeles police detective Dean Vinluan says that printouts of the incident history indicated he also admitted to the shooting. 

A motive for the shooting has not been released, but an LAPD spokeswoman said previously that it seemed “to have started as a domestic-related incident.” The actor had also been dealing with financial problems, causing tension in his marriage. His ex-wife, Jennifer Bitterman, claims the actor has a history of domestic violence.

Jace and his wife had two young boys; April Jace was also mom to an older son from a previous relationship.

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