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Actor Michael Jace found guilty of murder

A California jury found Michael Jace, who portrayed a police officer on the TV show "The Shield," guilty of second-degree murder on May 31. According to the prosecution, the 53-year-old actor shot his wife, a runner, in the back and the legs.

Jace did not testify at the trial but had told investigators that he initially wanted to kill himself. When he was unable to do so, he decided to shoot his wife instead. He says that he did not intend to kill her and instead only wanted to cause her pain. According to the testimony of his 10-year-old son, he taunted his wife after he shot her.

Jace's defense did not try to argue that the defendant did not kill his wife. Instead, they argued for a charge of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder on the grounds that the act was not premeditated. However, the prosecution said that Jace's wife wanted a divorce and that this had upset him. At the sentencing on June 10, he may face as much as 40 years in prison.

A person who is facing serious charges such as manslaughter or murder might want to consult with an attorney. There may be several ways the defense could approach such a case. For example, in a homicide, a lawyer might try to get the charges reduced. Depending on the type of evidence the prosecution has or how that evidence was obtained, a person might plead innocent or the charges might be dismissed. If police did not go through proper channels in obtaining a search warrant or violated a person's rights, the case may be dropped.

Source: FOX News, "Jury finds 'Shield' actor Michael Jace guilty of second-degree murder," May 31, 2016

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