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Decision delayed in memorializing Officer Sebena


MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A nonprofit group has delayed a final decision on whether to add the name of a fallen Wisconsin police officer to its Washington, D.C., memorial.

Jennifer Sebena's husband, Ben, is accused of shooting and killing her while she was on duty for the Wauwatosa Police Department on Christmas Eve (2012).

The National Law Enforcement Memorial says because it appears the killing was a domestic situation her death does not meet their criteria.

On Thursday (03/21) the federal agency gathered to re-consider their decision but decided to table the issue until 2014.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released a statement saying Sebena's death was very personal to him as she was murdered patrolling his neighborhood.  He asked the board to respectfully reconsider their decision.

The head of Milwaukee's police union calls their decision 'wrong'.

"Jennifer was our sister. I attended her funeral which was difficult to do... anytime we lose a family member in the line of duty. Something to note... while she was performing her duty admirably on that shift. If we had not figured out who her assailant was we wouldn't be having this conversation she would be on the wall where she belongs," Michael Crivello.

Ben Sebena has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

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