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Actor Michael Jace’s 10-year-old son testified Wednsday that his father shot his mother at their Los Angeles home two years ago after telling her to “run to heaven.”

With a support person behind him as he testified, Nehemiah Jace told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that his mother, April, had sat down with his younger brother, Caleb, on her lap after returning from a baseball game.

“My dad told my little brother to go to his room and I went with him,” he said.

The boy — who was 8 at the time of his mother’s shooting death — testified that he saw his father bring her into a hallway, where she fell down.

“Then my dad said, ‘If you like running, run to heaven’ and then he shot her,” the boy told jurors.

Jace, 53, is charged with murder in the May 19, 2014, killing of his 40- year-old wife, April.

In her opening statement on Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef said  Jace shot his wife once in the back and then twice more in the legs after she was able to get to the hallway of their home in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles.

The prosecutor told the six-man, six-woman jury that Jace believed his wife, who worked as a financial aid adviser at Biola University in La Mirada, was having an affair and that she had asked for a divorce and “wanted out of the marriage.”

“What you will hear is a really sad story of obsession and control,” Mokayef said of the actor, who had “been out of work for a while,” and his wife. “The defendant did not want her to leave or the divorce.”

Defense attorney Jamon Hicks countered that the case comes down to the actor’s mindset and whether the killing was premeditated.

“This case is not about who did it. We acknowledge it. We acknowledge responsibility,” he said. “This case is about why it was done.”

Hicks said the case centers around two words — premeditation and mindset.

If convicted of the murder charge and an allegation that he personally discharged a handgun, he could face up to 50 years to life in state prison.

Jace is best known for his role as LAPD Officer Julien Lowe in “The Shield,” which aired on the FX cable channel from 2002 through 2008. He has also appeared in such films as “Forrest Gump,” “Boogie Nights” and “Planet of the Apes.”

—City News Service

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