Actor Michael Jace Now Pleads NOT Guilty In Shooting Death Of His Wife, Despite Previous Admission
According to TMZ, despite previously admitting that he shot and killed his wife, April, actor Michael Jace stood in court today and plead “not guilty” to murder. He’s being held with a bail of $2 million and could serve 50 years to life in prison if he’s found guilty.
If you’ll recall, in May, Jace, 51, confessed in a phone call to police that he had gunned down his wife. Their young sons were in the home during the shooting. The motive at the time was a domestic violence incident, as according to those who knew April, the couple had reportedly had a few of those in the past. TMZ claims that the couple had been fighting over monetary issues, as Jace filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and had been struggling financially since. Jace’s ex-wife, Jennifer Bitterman, said during divorce proceedings years ago that he had also been very physically abusive to her during their marriage (from 1996-2002), and according to neighbors, April Jace tried to take her sons and leave her husband the day before she was shot and killed.
Though he initially admitted to killing his wife, Jace could be saying that he’s “not guilty” in an effort to force the state of California and prosecutors to prove that he shot her with “malice afterthought,” or basically, to prove that the whole thing was premeditated. But doing so might drag his sons into this legal proceeding, and they’ve already been through enough.
According to CNN, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 1.