Actor Accused of Killing Wife Has Big Money Problems

Neighbors heard Jace, spouse arguing

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2014 4:31 PM CDT

(Newser) The Shield actor Michael Jace is being held on $1 million bail after being accused of shooting his wife to death in their LA home last night, and neighbors say they heard the couple arguing before the gunshots, reports KNBC-TV. It's not clear what the argument was about, but money might not be a bad guess. The 51-year-old actor filed for bankruptcy in 2011, listing his liabilities at $500,000 and his assets at $325,000, reports the LA Times. Though the bankruptcy filing initially helped Jace get his payments under control, he fell behind again late last year, according to court records.

April Jace, 40, was shot multiple times within 15 minutes of returning home with the couple's two sons from their baseball practice. "At the very least, they heard the shooting," says one detective of the boys, who are younger than 10. "Obviously, their emotions are running high." Jace, who reportedly confessed to the shooting in his call to 911, has a history of domestic violence, reports TMZ. It has court papers from a divorce in 1997 in which a friend of his ex-wife testifies that she saw him beat and choke her.

In this image taken from video from OnScene.tv, actor Michael Jace, right, is detained by police outside his home in Los Angeles.
In this image taken from video from OnScene.tv, actor Michael Jace, right, is detained by police outside his home in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/OnScene.tv)
A police officer stands guard in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
A police officer stands guard in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Michael Jace in 2012.
Michael Jace in 2012.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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