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
Actor Accused of Killing Wife Has Big Money Problems
In this image taken from video from, actor Michael Jace, right, is detained by police outside his home in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/

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. (More Michael Jace stories.)

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