An actor who played a police officer on TV series The Shield has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife.
Michael Jace’s lawyers entered the plea on Wednesday.
The judge ordered Jace to stay away from his two sons and not contact them if he is eventually released on $US2 million ($A2.16 million) bail.
Jace, 51, is accused of fatally shooting his wife on May 19 in their Los Angeles home.
The children, both under 10, were home at the time but were unharmed.
Jace’s lawyer Jason Sias said his client may seek to reduce the bail amount at a future hearing.
The lawyer said Jace did not contest the order banning him from contacting his children because he wants to do what is best for them.
“Mr Jace is just concerned about his children,” Sias said after the hearing.
The actor is scheduled to return to court on August 1 for a possible preliminary hearing involving evidence in the case.
Police have not disclosed a motive for the slaying but have said they were looking into whether financial or other domestic issues may have been involved.
The family of April Jace has called her death a senseless act of domestic violence.
Police say Michael Jace called 911 to report the killing.
Audio of Jace’s call has not been made public, but fire officials have released a 911 call from April Jace’s father in which he says the actor told him he had shot the victim.
April Jace, 40, a financial aid counsellor at Biola University, had three sons, including the two with Michael Jace.