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Actor wanted to 'wound wife not kill her'

Associated Press Associated Press 26/05/2016 Anthony Mccartney

Actor Michael Jace who played a police officer on TV show The Shield said he wanted to hurt his wife and only intended to shoot her in the leg in what turned out to be a deadly attack, according to a transcript of his interview with detectives released during his murder trial.

Jace also told police he didn't know his wife was dead when he spoke to detectives after the shooting, the transcript shows.

He said he had planned to kill himself with a revolver that belonged to his wife's father but didn't have the courage and instead wanted to harm his wife.

"I was just angry," Jace told investigators. "All I intended to do was shoot her in the leg. And then I shot her in the leg and that was it."

Evidence, however, shows she was shot three times - once in the back and twice in the legs.

The final shots were delivered in a hallway of the couple's home, within sight of their sons, eight and five, at the time.

Jace's now 10-year-old son testified on Wednesday that he heard his father tell his mother, an avid runner, "'If you like running, then run to heaven'" before firing the shots into her legs.

The actor's lawyer Jamon Hicks said the actor was distraught because his wife wanted a divorce.

Prosecutors say he also believed she was having an affair. April Jace denied she was cheating in text messages sent to her husband before she was killed.

In the transcript, Michael Jace told police he shot his wife after she lunged at him and he pushed her away. At one point, he seemed confused about how many times he shot her and broke down crying after a detective told him she was dead.

April Jace, 40, was a financial aid counselor at Biola University.

Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told jurors that Jace shot his wife after telling her that he had left the house then waited for her to return with their sons from a youth baseball game.

"I just ruined lives," Jace told detectives. "Four lives. I mean, you could put the needle in my arm right now and be done. I'm fine with that."

Jace has been jailed since the shooting and hasn't shown any emotion during the trial that started on Monday.

Closing arguments are expected on Friday. If convicted of first-degree murder, he could face 50 years to life in prison. His lawyers say he should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

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