- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say an off-duty New Jersey police officer accused of killing his ex-wife in her car fired 12 shots from his service weapon while their 7-year-old daughter watched from inside his vehicle.

The details were revealed Thursday when his lawyer sought to lower bail for suspended Neptune police Sgt. Philip Seidle from $2 million to $350,000.

Attorney Edward Bertucio argued Seidle was not a flight risk. Bertucio questioned his client’s mental state, saying Seidle did not even know whether his ex-wife was dead days later.

However, the prosecutor told the judge Seidle had fired from two directions to make sure he killed 51-year-old Tamara Wilson-Seidle on June 16.

The prosecution said it would seek life in prison without parole if Seidle is convicted.

The judge rejected lower bail.



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