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Zelich pleads not guilty in the death of one

Zelich pleads not guilty in the death of one

 

 

 

A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases has pleaded not guilty in the death of one. Steven Zelich pleaded not guilty in the death of Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon. A criminal complaint says the 52-year-old former West Allis officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game. Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minnesota, woman.

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) _ A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases is due back in a Kenosha County courtroom.

Steven Zelich is expected to enter a plea Monday to charges of first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

A criminal complaint says the 52-year-old former West Allis officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game and then hid her body in his home and car for months before dumping it in Walworth County in early June.

Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minnesota, woman. Her remains were found in a second suitcase also found by highway workers in Walworth County.

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) _ A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases is headed to trial after waiving his preliminary hearing in southern Wisconsin. 

 

Steven Zelich is charged with first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in Kenosha County, where he's accused of killing Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

 

A criminal complaint says the 52-year-old former West Allis officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game and then hid her body in his home and car for months before dumping it in Walworth County in early June.

 

Prosecutors typically use a complaint during a preliminary hearing as the basis to convince a judge to hold someone for trial.

 

Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minnesota, woman.

 

 

 

 

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) _ A prosecutor in southern Wisconsin will summarize evidence during a preliminary hearing for a former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases.

 

Steven Zelich is due in Kenosha County Circuit Court Friday in the 2012 death of Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon. A criminal complaint says the 52-year-old former suburban Milwaukee officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game that went too far, hid her body in a suitcase and then kept her body in his refrigerator for months.

 

Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minnesota, woman.

 

The women's bodies were found in June in suitcases left along a rural Walworth County highway about an hour southwest of Milwaukee.

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) _ A former police officer has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of one of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases left along a Wisconsin highway.

Fifty-two-year-old Steven Zelich was charged Tuesday in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, in the death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, a college student from Oregon.

Zelich already faced two charges of hiding a corpse in Walworth County, Wisconsin, where highway workers cutting grass discovered the suitcases containing the bodies of Gamez and 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minnesota.

A Walworth County detective testified previously that Zelich told investigators he killed the women accidentally during rough sex, hid their bodies in suitcases kept in his home and car and dropped them in Walworth County when they began to smell.

 

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UPDATED Monday, August 4, 2014 ---

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- More charges are coming in the case of a former police officer accused of hiding two bodies in suitcases left along a rural Wisconsin highway.

The attorney for Steven Zelich says he is due in court Tuesday afternoon in Kenosha County.

Attorney Jonathan Smith says Zelich is scheduled for an initial appearance, where his client will learn the charges against him. Smith says he doesn't know yet what those charges are.

The 52-year-old Zelich has been charged with hiding a corpse in Walworth County, where the bodies were found in early June.

Walworth County officials said previously that one woman, 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, died in Kenosha County and they expected to see homicide charges filed there.

Copyright Associated Press 2014


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ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) _ A former police officer charged with dumping two bodies hidden in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin road is due in court to enter a plea.Fifty-two-year-old Steven Zelich is scheduled for a plea hearing in Walworth County Circuit Court Thursday on two counts of hiding a corpse.

Zelich's public defender, Travis Schwantes, says the charges of hiding a corpse might not stand up because prosecutors would have to show the former West Allis officer tried to cover up a crime. Schwantes says Zelich claims he killed the two women in the suitcases accidentally during sexual encounters.

Authorities say homicide charges are expected to be filed in the counties where the women died. The bodies of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minnesota, were found in the suitcases by highway workers June 5.

 

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