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  • 4 January 2013, 9:05

Benjamin Sebena In Court Over Wife's Murder

The husband of a Milwaukee police officer who was shot dead while on duty over Christmas has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Benjamin Sebena, 30, waived his right to a preliminary hearing after being brought into court in a wheelchair wearing a suicide-prevention vest.

The Iraq war veteran is accused of ambushing his 30-year-old wife, Jennifer Sebena, while she conducted a solo patrol in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

He is due to be arraigned on January 24 on a first-degree intentional homicide charge.

Prosecutors have alleged he shot her five times in the face and later told investigators he was jealous of other men's attention towards his wife.

CCTV pictures show his car near the scene around the time of the shooting, prosecutors said.

It is claimed the police-issue weapon used in the murder was also found in the attic of the couple's home.

Mrs Sebena was in her second year with the Wauwatosa police department.

Court papers allege she had told a colleague about three weeks earlier that her husband had put a gun to her head.

Sebena is being held on $1m (615,000) cash bail. He faces life imprisonment if convicted.

He was honourably discharged from the US Marine Corps in 2005 having been awarded the Purple Heart, one of America's highest military medals.