Zelich due in court on homicide charges

CREATED Aug 15, 2014

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KENOSHA -- A prosecutor in Kenosha County 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 at 10 a.m. 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 34-year-old Laura Simonson in Minnesota

The women's bodies were found in June in suitcases left along a rural Town of Geneva highway.