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Former 'Shield' star Michael Jace pleads not guilty in killing of his wife

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Former star of "The Shield" Michael Jace was arraigned on Wednesday. The actor plead not guilty in the shooting death of his wife on May 19. According to the New York Daily News on Wednesday, Jace has been ordered by a judge to stay away from his two children if he can come up with $2 million in bail.

April Jace was killed by gunshot on May 19 while Michael and their two small children were in the home. Police believe the shooter to be her husband Michael Jace. Neighbors claim to have heard the couple fighting prior to hearing gunshots. Neighbors of the couple called 911 after hearing gunshots but Jace also called them himself. April was shot multiple times and was dead when police arrived.

Although police haven't released what they believe to be the motive in the killing, many speculate the shooting was due to arguments about their financial situation and an escalation of domestic violence. April's family has said that her death was senseless and also believe it was the result of domestic violence.

Another report claims that April Jace's father received a phone call and text from Michael Jace on the night of the shooting. He told the man to come pick up his kids because he shot April. If that conversation actually occurred, it is unclear why Jace even would plead not guilty. The evidence against him is pretty steep.

April Jace had three sons, two of them with actor Michael Jace. She was a financial aid counselor at Biola University.

In all irony, Michael Jace played a Los Angeles police officer on the hit FX series "The Shield" from 2002-2008. He also had notable roles on "Southland," "Forrest Gump" and multiple other roles throughout his career. Acting roles had slowed down for the actor in recent years coupled with a recent bankruptcy. This is what leads many to believe the actor and his wife were arguing over money.