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A murder trial has begun for an actor who played a police officer on TV and is accused of shooting and killing his wife while their young children looked on.

The trial of 53-year-old Michael Jace, who appeared on the FX series The Shield, promises to explore unanswered questions about what led to the killing two years ago in the couple’s Los Angeles home.

Few details about the incident have been released, although a prosecutor has said the actor shot April Jace in the back and then again while their young children watched.

The actor then called a police dispatcher and said he had killed his wife, authorities say. A recording of the call has not been released.

Jace also phoned his father-in-law to pick up the children, according to another 911 call released by fire officials.

Jace has pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys have said his state of mind on the day of the killing will be a key element of his defence.

Jury selection began on Monday, with a judge telling 70 prospective jurors about Jace’s work as an actor and noting the case has received some publicity. Questioning of prospective jurors will resume on Tuesday morning, with opening statements expected to begin later in the day.

April Jace, 40, was a financial aid counsellor at Biola University and had two sons with the defendant. The boys were eight and five when she was killed.

Her family called her death a senseless act of domestic violence.

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