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Husband charged in murder of Wauwatosa Police officer

CREATED Dec. 27, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec. 27, 2012

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  • Benjamin Sebena

  • Ben Sebena's original booking photo.

  • Jennifer Lynn Sebena is shown with husband Ben Sebena. Image by Framegrab from YouTube

  • Jennifer Lynn Sebena

  • Lt. Gerald Witkowski from the Wauwatosa Police Department, gives press conference about Wauwatosa Police Officer City Hall. Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena was shot and killed this morning. Image by Angela Peterson

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office filed one count of First Degree Intentional Homicide against Benjamin Sebena in the murder of his wife, Wauwatosa Police officer Jennifer Sebena, early Christmas Eve morning.

Sebena, 30, appeared in court Thursday and bail was set at $1 million. 

According to a criminal complaint, Sebena admitted to "stalking his wife for several days" because "he had been jealous of other men with regards to his wife."

On December 24th, he "laid in wait for her in the area of [the Wauwatosa Fire Department].  He waited for several hours."

"On seeing her squad car, he came up and began to shoot her after she emerged from her break in the fire department.  He said she moved like she was reaching for her firearm.  He then took her gun from her holster."

"He then shot her in the face with her service weapon three or four times.  Benjamin Sebena stated that he wanted to make sure she was dead to she wouldn't suffer."

Sebena is a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq.  He was wounded during his second tour.

On a video posted on YouTube, he talked about his time in Iraq and about meeting Jennifer.  Click Here to watch the video.

On the video, Sebena talks about finding Jennifer on MySpace while he was in Iraq.

"On MySpace, I found a girl that I used to go to high school with and she was cute so I sent a little thing like, 'Hey, I'm a Marine. I'm in Iraq. How ya doin?' And she sent back like, 'Ok, I'm good.' So that didn't work, but I'm a Marine, so I kept on trying. So every day we kept on writing each other emails back and forth, if not two or three of them a day. And then Feb. 3 of 2005 happened."

That's the day a mortar round hit just outside the area he was sitting.  He suffered deep shrapnel wounds to his shoulder, chest, knee and face.

During the time he was recovering, the two continued to talk.

"I came back home to Wisconsin and started spending more time with Jen and our love flourished. We became actually infatuated with each other and then one day I asked her if she would be happy to spend the rest of her life with me and she said yes."

They got married and started attending Elmbrook Church and taking classes for young couples.

Our team is working to develop new information and we'll have more through the day.  Be sure to check back.