Many of us, upon hearing the news that “The Shield” actor Michael Jace murdered his wife April, after nine years of marriage, asked ourselves why? We’ll probably never know that answer but apparently Jace’s violence didn’t spring up out of no where.
Before Jace married April, he was married to Jennifer Bitterman from 1996-2002. During their divorce proceedings, Bitterman testified that Jace was extremely abusive. And in a disturbing similarities, he often behaved violently in front of the couple’s young son.
Divorce documents obtained by TMZ show Jace’s now deceased wife defended him against his ex wife’s claims. April, the woman who was killed by a gun shot wound at the hand of Jace, said that he was a great father. She told the judge that he provided a stable home for his child. But she never spoke on claims that he choked Bitterman and slammed her into a wall in front of their son.
Instead, she told the judge that she was a bad mother. April talked about Michael and Jennifer’s son saying, “Usually at bedtime, he (Jordan, Michael and Jennifer’s son) prays for his mom and asks God to protect her while he’s not there with her.”
But a friend of Bitterman’s told a different story. She said she witnessed Jace coking and slamming her against the wall, all in front of their son.
The friend recalls that he was raging out of control. She said, “Seeing the extent of his anger was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen.”
And she says this wasn’t the only time he had physically assaulted her friend.
This testimony in conjunction with the events from last night it would seem like Jace had a serious problem and instead of getting help he moved from one wife to the next. Sadly, April wasn’t able to get away from Jace before it was too late.