The actor was upset April Jace wanted a divorce and was obsessed with the belief that she was seeing someone else, Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told jurors in her opening statement at trial.
Jace shot his wife once in the back after she arrived at the house on May 19, 2014, Mokayef said.
Jace then called 911 and reported the shooting to the police.
A woman described as a close friend of Jace’s first wife said in a sworn statement that she witnessed Jace battering his then-wife in 1997.
Jace “Choked and hit” his wife and “Slammed her against the wall while screamed in his crib next to her,” Maria De Le Vegas said in the sworn court declaration obtained by CNN. After the divorce, Jace married April Jace in June 2003.
April Jace had worked as a financial aid counselor at Biola University, a private school in La Mirada, California, according to the school.
Jace often played the good guy in movie and TV roles.
He appeared in 89 episodes as Julien Lowe, who started as a rookie officer in an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct in 2002 and rose through the ranks to become a detective before the series ended in 2008, according to the Internet Movie Database.