“The Shield” actor Michael Jace, accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife at their home in May, pleaded not guilty Thursday after waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing.
By waiving his rights, Jace’s attorneys concede there is enough evidence in the May 19 shooting to go to trial, according to Jane Robinson of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The move straight to a criminal trial means Jace was scheduled to enter a plea once again. The actor pleaded not guilty.
Jace, 51, best known for his role as LAPD officer Julien Lowe on the television drama “The Shield,” is accused of shooting his wife, April, at their home on the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue. Police said Jace was arrested after calling 911 and telling the operator he shot his wife.
April Jace’s body was found inside the house.
Jace has been held on $2 million bail since being arrested. The bail was set at the same price on Friday.
A three-minute 911 call was released by the Los Angeles Fire Department in June in which April Jace’s father tells a dispatcher that the actor told him he had just shot his wife. Jace's attorneys Jason Sias and Jamon Hicks did not comment on the audio's contents but noted in June that the case was still in the early stages of the investigation.
Jace was expected back in court on Sept. 17.