april & michael jace

*Michael Jace may be answering for the murder of his wife, but her support of the man who allegedly beat her brutally and repeatedly was evident prior to her death.

TMZ reports that April Jace — who was killed by a gunshot at the hands of Michael Jace — got involved in his messy divorce to his previous wife while defending him in front of a divorce judge.

April, who holds a degree in Early Childhood/Adolescence development, told the judge that Michael Jace provided a stable home for his child, despite never addressing claims he choked and hit Jennifer Bitterman and slammed her against the wall in front of their screaming son.

Overall, April went on the offensive against Jennifer, calling her a bad mom.

“Usually at bedtime, he [Jordan, the child] prays for his mom and asks God to protect her while he’s not there with her,” April Jace said regarding Michael Jace’s son with Bitterman.