Husband charged in killing of Wisconsin officer

Published On: Dec 27 2012 01:52:37 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 28 2012 08:14:34 AM CST
Jennifer and Benjamin Sebena (from YouTube)
MILWAUKEE (AP) -

Investigators say an Iraq War veteran accused of killing his wife while she worked as a Milwaukee-area police officer has told them he shot her in the head repeatedly so she wouldn't suffer before she died.

Thirty-year-old Benjamin G. Sebena was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide in the Christmas Eve death of his wife, Jennifer Sebena. She was also 30.

Prosecutors say Jennifer Sebena told a colleague earlier this month her husband had acted violently toward her and put a gun to her head.

After the killing, police searched the Sebenas' home. They found a gun that fires bullets with casings that match those found at the scene, and they also found Jennifer Sebena's service weapon.
A message left with Ben Sebena's defense attorney was not immediately returned.

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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.