An actor who played a police officer on TV was upset because his wife wanted a divorce and taunted her before fatally shooting her in their Los Angeles home while their two young sons watched, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

Atty. Tannaz Mokayef made the accusations against Michael Jace during her opening statement at his murder trial.

Mokayef said that Jace had been drinking and told his wife, April Jace, in a text message that he had left their home but that he was actually waiting for her with a loaded revolver.

When she arrived, the prosecutor said, Michael Jace shot her in the back before firing two more rounds into her legs within sight of their sons – 8 and 5 at the time.

April Jace was an avid runner and Mokayef said the actor shot her in the legs because he wanted her to feel pain.

Jace also gave instructions on how officers should enter the home so they could find the gun and not think he was still armed, and he told detectives that he shot his wife in the back after she lunged at him, the prosecutor said.

Mokayef said the evidence will prove Jace planned the killing because he believed his wife was having an affair and wanted a divorce.

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