Tosa Officer Murdered

Husband of murdered Wauwatosa Police officer waives preliminary hearing

CREATED Jan. 3, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan. 3, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - On Thursday morning, the husband of a murdered Wauwatosa Police officer waived his preliminary hearing and was set to face a judge later in January, with a trial later in 2013.

Authorities arrested Ben Sebena not long after his wife Jennifer was found shot to death while on patrol Christmas Eve.

He faces accusations of shooting and killing his wife.

The court hearing lasted about fiv eminutes.  The state was ready to present its case, but Ben and his attorney opted to waive the hearing.

Ben answered "yes, sir" to a series of questions asked by a court commissioner.

His parents stood near him in the front row of the courtroom, while Jennifer's supporters also filled the courtroom.

Deputies surrounded Ben in a wheelchair during his first court appearance.

He wore a suicide vest, and authorities had him cuffed and strapped to the chair in court.

According to a criminal complaint, Ben supposedly stalked Jennifer at Wauwatosa's Fire Station One, then shot her in the face and head five times.

The moment he saw her, he allegedly came up from behind and shot her.

She then reached for her gun, and he was apparently able to get it away from her and use it against her.

Thousands attended her funeral last Saturday before she was laid to rest.


Ben was being held on $1 million bond.