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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.
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