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Michael Jace | Judge postpones actor’s arraignment on murder charges to June 18, 2014

An arraignment for actor Michael Jace, who is charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, was postponed Thursday.

The 51-year-old regular on “The Shield” remained in custody on a charge of murder with a gun during his first appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court downtown.

Judge Renee Korn moved the arraignment to June 18 at the request of Jace’s attorney and set bail at $2 million.

“He’s doing as well as somebody is that is in custody,” the actor’s attorney, Jason Sias, said outside of the courtroom. “He just wants to see this through.” Jace has been thinking about his two sons, Sias said.

The boys, both of whom are younger than 10, had been inside the couple’s Hyde Park home, where police found the body of April Jace, 40, Monday evening.

The boys were not harmed.  April Jace suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

“We just want to express our deepest sympathy to the family,” Sias said.

Mark Robles and his son, Alex Robles, appeared in court to show support for the children. The father and son taught the defendant and his sons jiu-jitsu at their La Mirada studio.

Michael Jace began taking his sons to the martial arts classes a year and a half ago so they could learn how to defend themselves from bullies, Mark Robles said.

Soon after, Michael Jace enrolled in classes, never exhibiting violent tendencies, said Mark Robles, adding that he found the actor who often played cops on TV as “sweet.”

“He was not an aggressive-type at all,” Michael Robles said. “That’s why this seems very out of character.”

The Jaces, he said, “looked like a couple that were in love.”

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Carol Coronado | Charged with murder of her 3 daughters – A possible Death Penalty case

coronadoCarol Coronado, a California mother of three little girls has been charged with their stabbing murders.  

She’s also been charged with the attempted murder of her mother. Authorities say Coronado attacked her mother when she confronted her. 

Carol Coronado was still hospitalized Thursday at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, where she received treatment for self-inflicted stab wounds.

She suffered wounds over her body, but most were considered scratches. Her most significant wound was to the upper chest, but it was not severe enough to be considered life-threatening, detectives said.

 She’s scheduled to be taken into the hospital jail ward.

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The Crime Scene

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was called around 5.10 pm Tuesday when they responded to the 1000 block of West 23rd Street.

Carol Coronado’s husband, Rudy, was outside working on his pick-up truck parked across the street from their home.  When his mother-in-law, Julie Piercey, arrived about 5 p.m, he told her to go ahead and go inside.

Moments later Julie Piercey ran out of the small, white house, with a bloody knife in her hand.  She screamed at her son-in-law and frantically began dialling her cellphone.

“She killed the babies,” she said.

Julie made a horrifying discovery, when she found the children’s lifeless bodies inside the house.

Carol Coronado allegedly turned the knife on Ms Piercey when she confronted Coronado.  Piercey grabbed the kitchen knife from the mother’s hand.

Moments later, Rudy rushed inside when he heard her screams of “Oh my God!”

He screamed when he saw the bloody scene inside his home.

“He kept saying, ‘Oh my God, Oh my god,’ ”  neighbor Veronica Ruiz said.

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Authorities found the bodies of 2-1/2-year-old Sophia, 16-month-old Yazmine and 2-month-old Xenia laid out on a bed after they were stabbed, Lt. Dave Coleman told the media  “The way the injuries occurred, they weren’t sleeping. She lined them up on the bed. They were neatly placed on the bed.”
Carol Coronado was near the bed where her 3 daughters were arranged on it in a pool of blood. Carol was covered in blood herself and had self-inflicted stab wounds.   Knives and a hammer were at the crime scene near the bodies. 
Coronado was found naked, covered in blood and holding a knife according to police.

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Neighbors watched as deputies escorted her from the house, handcuffed and wrapped in a blanket.

“She had a zoned-out look and was just looking down,” Ashley Madrid, 27, said. “She had dry blood smeared on her face and legs.”

 Charges

Carol Ann Coronado, 30, was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder Friday.  The attempted murder charge stems from Coronado attacking her own mother, Julie Piercey.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

It is unclear whether prosecutors would seek the Death Penalty.

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Autopsy

Autopsies conducted Thursday confirmed the children suffered stab wounds, but it was unclear whether they also suffered head trauma. The results were not disclosed.  A hammer and other knives were confiscated from the home to examine as potential evidence.

“The way the injuries occurred, they weren’t sleeping,” sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dave Coleman said. “She lined them up on the bed. They were neatly placed on the bed.”

“Placement of the girls’ bodies occurred after they were killed”, he said.

Family Reaction

Carol’s husband Rudy Coronado told a reporter that she must have been possessed by a demon.  

Their godfather, John Carrion, also said a demon was inside Coronado the day that the girls died.

“Pray for that woman. She had a demon inside her that day.”

He says he never saw Carol upset or angry:

“I don’t know how I feel about the woman right now.  I don’t understand what was going on in that woman’s head.”

Carrion says the father  is too overcome with grief to talk with anyone and Rudy is  “dazed and confused.”  

The godfather goes on to say:   “Right now, he’s giving her the benefit of doubt.  He just said he didn’t believe he saw Carol — he saw a demon inside her.  He said he doesn’t blame Carol. He blames the … demon.”

Sandra Coronado, Rudy’s sister told the media  “He says that there’s something in her that he didn’t see.  Something in her eyes.  I don’t know.”

“Never in a million years would I have thought anything like this,” the sister-in-law said.

Sandra Coronado said she never saw any demons inside her sister-in-law, but thought she lacked a “mother’s instinct.”

“Personally, I don’t have my kids spend the night nowhere,” she said. “Her,  it was like, ‘Fine,  go ahead and take them.’  She would let my cousin take them for like a week.  She would keep the baby.  She would say she was tired. She had to do homework.  She had to clean house.”

Carol Coronado, who was taking classes on the Internet, stayed at home with the children while her husband went out early each day to sell car parts at the Alpine Village swap meets.

She kept a cluttered home, which triggered some discord with her husband.

“I believe that was their main issue,” the sister-in-law said. “My brother wanted the house clean for his girls. He wanted to come home to a home-cooked meal.”

Carol Coronado, then Carol Piercey, met her husband in their Carson-area neighborhood. They married in 2011 near the Korean Bell in Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.

“It was beautiful,” the sister-in-law said. “My kids were the ring bearers.”

Coleman described the family’s home as a former workshop or “converted garage.” It opened to a common area and a kitchenette with a bedroom.

Coronado’s father-in-law said she was “trying to go to school and take care of the kids.”

“It’s real bad,” Rudy Coronado, 67, said.  Carol Coronado’s husband is also called Rudy.

“Right now, he’s giving her the benefit of doubt,” Carrion said. “He just said he didn’t believe he saw Carol — he saw a demon inside her. He said he doesn’t blame Carol. He blames the … demon.”

Carrion declined to speak further about the children’s’ mother, saying only that he had never seen her angry.

“I don’t know how I feel about the woman right now,” he said. “I don’t understand what was going on in that woman’s head.”

 How the day unfolded

Earlier in the day, Carol called her mother in the morning saying she felt like she was  “going crazy”.  

Sandra Coronado said she placed the call to her sister-in-law about 9am Tuesday, she didn’t question why, but made the call.

According to Sandra “All she said was, ‘You need to call Carol.  I’m at work.  I can’t talk to her right now,’ ” the sister-in law said. “If (Carol) told her that she was going crazy, she should have told me that.  She never even mentioned that.  If she would have told me that, things would have been different.”

Carol Coronado told Sandra she was tired and exhausted and planned to take her second oldest daughter to the doctor on the day.  Sandra offered to take care of the other two girls while Carol was out.

“She was sobbing,  she was crying.  And she said she was tired and exhausted. … I told her,  ‘Take her to the appointment and bring me the girls.’ ”

 Sandra Coronado said she heard her nieces crying in the background, but didn’t think anything of it. A mother herself, she knows children often cry when a parent is on the telephone.

Behind the crime

Carol Coronado had never been reported to the Department of Children and Family Services.  Investigators are looking into whether she might have been on drugs or suffering from postpartum depression.  Mental health experts can’t comment on the specifics of the case, because there is still so little information. But Phillip Resnick, the director of forensic psychiatry at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told the media that it can be difficult for women suffering from postpartum depression or mental health issues to get help: “A woman may be so ashamed she won’t reveal problems to a doctor. They won’t reveal thoughts of killing their children, because they’re fearful a social worker will take their children away.”

Carol Coronado served in the Army for a short time over 10 years ago and had to leave because of medical reasons.  She was taking online classes while staying home with the kids.

Relatives said that the couple fought about housekeeping. Carol would ask relatives to watch her girls from time-to-time, so she could clean the house and do homework.   Sandra Coronado told the media, “My brother wanted the house clean for his girls.   He wanted to come home to a home-cooked meal.”

Those who know the family said there was no indication that anything was wrong.  Coronado often took the girls on walks up and down the street, a neighbor said.   Her Facebook page featured several photos of the girls, including an ultrasound photo.

 Funeral, Vigil and Fundraising

Outside the home, relatives assembled a small memorial of flowers, candles and teddy bears. On Wednesday evening, several dozen people attended a vigil for the slain girls, including their father. Surrounded by relatives and friends, he cried and rubbed the photos of his three daughters.

At a vigil Wednesday night outside his home, Rudy Coronado broke down. He collapsed to the ground on his knees, bent over and cried next to a memorial of flowers, candles and teddy bears.  Relatives stroked his back and head.
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The girls, Carrion said, were energetic and loved the Disney movie “Frozen.” There were plans for a baptism this fall.

“They were the most beautiful babies you had ever seen,” he said. “They loved their daddy and he loved them. Pray for my babies, please, pray for my babies. Pray for Rudy. And even pray for that woman.”

 Family members spent the afternoon Thursday making funeral arrangements for the girls and planning fundraisers to pay for the services. A distraught Rudy Coronado cried when he signed papers at the funeral home. 

 Money also was an issue for the young couple. Faced with funeral expenses, family members have scheduled car washes and bake sales to raise funds Saturday and Sunday at Henry’s Market at Avalon Boulevard and 184th Street. A car show, and fundraisers at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Alpine Village near Carson, and Buffalo Wild Wings are also in the works. And an online fundraiser was established on Gofundme.com under the title “Our 3 little angels.”

Michael Jace officially charged with his wife’s murder

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Los Angeles  Actor Michael Jace has been formally charged with one count of murder with a gun in the shooting death of his wife, the prosecutor’s spokeswoman said Thursday.

April Jace, 40, died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” according to preliminary autopsy results. The death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner, Deputy Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.

Jace, 51, made his first appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday afternoon. Bail was set at $2 million, and his arraignment was continued until June 18 at the defense’s request.

“He’s doing as well as somebody who is in custody,” said Jason Sias, Jace’s lawyer. “It’s emotional. He wants to see this through. He’s just thinking about his children.”

Los Angeles police detectives presented their evidence against Jace, who played a Los Angeles cop in TV’s “The Shield,” to the district attorney Thursday morning, according to spokeswoman Jane Robison.

Police found April Jace shot to death in her south Los Angeles home Monday night, Det. Lyman Doster said.

Michael Jace called 911 to report that his wife had been shot, Det. Dean Vinluan said, adding that he “was on the phone with the operator.” Neighbors who heard gunshots also called 911, he said.

“At this moment, the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence,” a police statement this week said.

Investigators detained Jace at the couple’s Hyde Park-area home Monday night and booked the actor on a homicide charge early Tuesday, according to Doster.

Two children were in the home when their mother was shot, Vinluan said. The children, whose ages he would not reveal, were taken to a police station and then handed over to a representative of California’s Department of Children and Family Services, he said.

Investigators have found no reports of domestic violence between the husband and wife at their south Los Angeles residence, another LAPD detective said.

A woman described as a close friend of Jace’s first wife said in a sworn statement that she witnessed Jace physically abusing his wife in 1997. The declaration was in court records from Jace’s 2005 custody case concerning his son with Jennifer Bitterman.

Jace “choked and hit” his wife and “slammed her against the wall while (their infant son) screamed in his crib next to her,” Maria De Le Vegas said in the sworn declaration obtained by CNN.

Jace “was raging and out of control, and seeing the extent of his anger was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen,” she said.

Jace appeared to be suffering severe financial strain in recent years, according to court documents obtained by CNN. The actor filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in March 2011, citing $500,000 in debts and an annual income of around $80,000 from residuals from his TV and film work, the documents said.

Jace had defaulted on the $411,000 mortgage on the south Los Angeles home where his wife died, according to the documents.

He married April Jace in June 2003, a year after divorcing his first wife, with whom he shared a son who is now a teen.

The FX police drama “The Shield” was the biggest and longest-running role in Jace’s 22-year acting career. He appeared in 89 episodes as Julien Lowe, who started as a rookie officer in an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct in 2002 and rose through the ranks to become a detective before the series ended in 2008, according to the Internet Movie Database.

He acted on several episodes of “Southland,” another TV drama about Los Angeles police, between 2009 and 2012.

Jace often played a law enforcement or military officer on television shows. He is credited with roles in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Private Practice,” “The Mentalist,” “Burn Notice” and “NYPD Blue.”

He had the title role of Michael Jordan in the 1999 TV movie about the NBA star, “Michael Jordan: An American Hero.”

Jace played Officer Brown in Russell Crowe’s 2009 film “State of Play,” and he portrayed a Black Panther member in the 1994 blockbuster movie “Forrest Gump.”

April Jace had worked for the past year as a financial aid counselor at Biola University, a private school in La Mirada, California, according to the school.

“We are obviously shocked and saddened by this terrible news, to lose a wonderful colleague, mother and friend,” Biola President Barry Corey said in a written statement.

“April’s radiant personality brought great energy to the financial aid office,” financial aid director Geoff Marsh said. “Her love for helping students and families and her great work ethic earned the respect and love of her coworkers. Her smiling face and helpful spirit will be missed by all.”

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Detectives: Carol Corando laid children’s bodies out neatly on bed after stabbing them

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A mother who allegedly stabbed her three daughters to death at her home near Carson laid them “neatly” on a bed after they died, a detective said today.

The three girls — identified by friends as Sophia, 2½, Yasmine, 16 months and Xenia, 2 months — were likely awake when they were stabbed, sheriff’s Lt. Dave Coleman said.

“The way the injuries occurred, they weren’t sleeping,” Coleman said. “She lined them up on the bed. They were neatly placed on the bed.”

Placement of the girls’ bodies occurred after they were killed.

 Autopsies were scheduled this morning on the three girls, but results have not been released. Coleman said Wednesday that the children suffered stab wounds, but the autopsies would determine if they suffered any other injuries.

The mother, Carol Coronado, 30, remained at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, where she received treatment for self-inflicted stab wounds. She suffered wounds over her body, but most were considered scratches. Her most significant wound was to the upper chest, but it was not severe enough to be considered life-threatening, detectives said.

 She possibly could be released this afternoon, then will be arrested and booked into jail or the County-USC Medical Center jail ward, Coleman said.

Investigators still do not know why Coronado allegedly stabbed the children with a kitchen knife shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at their tiny home in the 1000 block of West 223rd Street, an unincorporated area between Carson and Harbor Gateway.

Her husband, Rudy Coronado, was working on his recently purchased 1968 Chevrolet pickup truck parked across the street at the time. The husband was not aware what happened until his mother-in-law arrived at the house and he told her to go on inside. He followed her when he heard her screams.

 Neighbors said the mother told her she had called her earlier to say she was going crazy.

The neighbors said they never saw any signs of trouble that would suggest Carol Coronado was capable of harming her children.

The website Mail Online quoted Rudy Coronado today as saying, “I don’t know why the hell this happened.”

“She killed my babies man, she killed my babies,” he said. “It was like a demon possessed. She was a girl with a good career ahead of her, I just don’t know why it happened. If I knew why it happened, it would answer all my questions.”

Coronado attended a vigil outside the home Wednesday night, dropping to his knees, bending over and crying before a memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears.

Investigators confiscated other knives and a hammer from the house, but the weapon believed used to commit the killings was a kitchen knife that the children’s grandmother snatched from Carol Coronado’s hand and threw onto the driveway.

“Right now, we honestly don’t know what happened,” Coleman said.

Investigators will examine the mother’s mental state, including whether she suffered postpartum depression or was on drugs.

Coleman described the family’s home as a former workshop or “converted garage.” It opened to a common area and a kitchenette with a bedroom.

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Carol Coronado Arrested After 3 Young Daughters Found Stabbed To Death

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Three little girls were stabbed to death in their home near Torrance,  California. on Tuesday, according to multiple reports in the local media.

The children, ages 3, 2 and 2 months old, were found lying in a pool of blood on a bed alongside their mother, police said.

Carol Coronado, 30, was naked, covered in blood and holding a knife, the station reported. Police took her to an area hospital and then to the Carson Sheriff’s Station.

The children were all pronounced dead at the scene.

South Bay Crime has collected several images of the children taken from what it believes to be Coronado’s Facebook page, including a sonogram, presumably of one of the victims.

Coronado had called her mother earlier in the day and said she was going crazy, neighbor Ashley Madrid told the Daily Breeze. When Coronado’s mother arrived at the home, she found her grandchildren’s bodies and called police.

The girls’ father was working on his car across the street at the time of the slayings, the website reported.

I saw when they were bringing him out,” Madrid was quoted as saying. “He was
crying. He was crying, ‘She killed my daughters!’”

Madrid also watched as police brought Coronado out of the home.

“She was full of blood on her face and arms,” Madrid said.

Coronado is expected to be charged with murder, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact (323) 890-5500.

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