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Report: Wauwatosa PD loses more than officer in Sebena death

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Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena
Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena

WAUWATOSA, WI (WTAQ) - The Wauwatosa Police Department lost more than an officer when Jennifer Sebena was killed on Christmas Eve.

The Journal Sentinel’s community news Web site for Wauwatosa said the Police Department spent $53,000 in overtime in the 8 days after the shooting – plus $9,000 more in overtime costs since the start of the New Year. And that doesn’t include the unpaid time that the department’s salaried personnel spent on the case.

Captain Jeff Sutter told the Community Now site that he worked 19-hour days for 8 days in a row. He says people don’t realize all the leads that have to be followed in such a high-profile case.

Sebena’s husband Ben was charged with the shooting death, and he has pleaded not guilty with his next court hearing set for March 1st. He reportedly admitted being a jealous husband, but the motive for his wife’s death has not been disclosed.

Police expect to be tracking down leads until the case is settled – and all the way through a trial if one is held. Sutter said the investigation is not even close to being finished – and any information about possible alibis or defense claims has to be run down, and checked out at every possible angle. 

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