LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor who played a police officer on television says he will not testify in his own defense in a murder case filed after he fatally shot his wife two years ago.

Michael Jace told a judge Thursday that he would not take the stand.

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Prosecutors are seeking a first-degree murder conviction against Jace, who has acknowledged shooting his wife of nine years in their Los Angeles home. Prosecutors have ended their case.

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Jace’s lawyers contend the actor did not plan to kill his wife and shot her in the heat of passion after she told him she wanted a divorce.

The 53-year-old Jace played a police officer on the TV series “The Shield” and appeared in several films.

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