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Michael Jace pleads not guilty to killing his wife

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Hearing begins in August

He allegedly confessed to 911, but Michael Jace decided to plead not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday.

Former actor on The Shield Michael Jace pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom. He is accused of killing his wife back in mid-May.

According to CNN, the judge ordered the performer to have no contact with his two children, and he set bond at $2 million.

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The preliminary hearing will be Aug. 1, when investigators will testify why Jace is accused of murder and present their evidence against him.

April Jace was shot multiple times and the Los Angeles County coroner officially ruled her death as a homicide. The domestic case took place on May 19 at her home in south Los Angeles.

Michael did report the shooting to 911, as did neighbors in the area. According to TMZ, he admitted on the phone, "I shot my wife." A police statement after the event said, "At this moment, the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence."

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His two children were home at the time of the incident and were taken into police custody after the shooting. They were placed with California's Department of Children and Family Services.

While there was no domestic violence history between the couple, friends had reported that there were multiple issues with his first wife, including physical abuse. Michael Jace had also dealt with debt and foreclosure after his FX series ended in 2008.

The couple married in June 2003, about a year after Jace divorced his first wife.

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