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NEW INFORMATION: Iraq vet accused in officer's death waives hearing

By: AP and WTMJ-TV Email
By: AP and WTMJ-TV Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A decorated Iraq War veteran accused of fatally shooting his wife, a suburban Milwaukee police officer, has waived his preliminary hearing.

Thirty-year-old Benjamin G. Sebena is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 24 on a first-degree intentional homicide charge in the killing of 30-year-old Jennifer Sebena.

He was brought into court Thursday in a wheelchair and a suicide-prevention vest.

Sebena is accused of ambushing his wife while she patrolled alone in Wauwatosa in the predawn hours of Christmas Eve. Prosecutors say he shot her multiple times in the head, and that he told investigators he was jealous.

Ben Sebena said little during Thursday's hearing. Defense attorney Michael Steinle did not comment.

Sebena is being held on $1 million cash bail. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005.
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STORY FROM 12/27/12

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin husband accused of shooting and killing his police officer wife on Christmas Eve has been ordered held on $1 million cash bond.

Ben Gabriel Sebena, of Menomonee Falls, made his initial appearance Thursday. A Milwaukee County court commissioner imposed bail and set a preliminary hearing for next week.

A criminal complaint says 30-year-old Jennifer Sebena was found lying on the pavement outside the fire department. She'd been shot five times in the head.

The complaint says Jennifer Sebena told a colleague about three weeks earlier that her husband had put a gun to her head.

The complaint also quotes Ben Sebena as telling investigators he'd been jealous of other men with regard to his wife.

A message left with Ben Sebena's defense attorney was not immediately returned.


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