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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:58

Former officer accused of dumping bodies faces charges in Minnesota

Written by  Jonah Beleckis/Gazettextra
Steven M. Zelich in Walworth County Court Steven M. Zelich in Walworth County Court File photo by Terry Mayer/staff

A former police officer accused in Walworth County of dumping suitcases containing the bodies of two women he killed began court proceedings in Minnesota this month for one of the homicides.

Steven M. Zelich, 55, of West Allis was sentenced March 30, 2016 in Kenosha County to 35 years in prison for first-degree reckless homicide and hiding the corpse of Jenny Gamez, 19, of Oregon.

(Previous stories HERE.)

Zelich appeared in Olmstead County District Court in Rochester, Minnesota, on Nov. 3, 2016 on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Laura Simonson three years earlier, according to the Olmstead County criminal complaint.

Zelich is charged with hiding suitcases containing the bodies of Simonson and Gamez in the town of Geneva on June 5, 2014, according to the Walworth County criminal complaint.

Walworth County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of two bodies found in suitcases on North Como Road, about a half-mile north of County H in the town of Geneva, according to the Walworth County complaint.

Simonson had checked into a Rochester, Minnesota, hotel Nov. 2, 2013, with a male later identified as Zelich, according to the Olmstead County complaint. A detective found online conversations between the two indicating that they planned to meet for sexual bondage role-playing.

Zelich told police he caused Simonson's and Gamez's deaths, but both were accidental during the role-playing sessions, according to the Olmsted County complaint.

Read more on Gazettextra.com HERE

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