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Steven Zelich

KENOSHA (AP) — The trial for a former police officer accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a suitcase along a rural Wisconsin highway has been delayed until November.

Steven Zelich is also suspected in the death of another woman who was found in a second suitcase at the same location in Walworth County.

The 53-year-old was set for trial next month on first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. According to online court records, on Friday a Kenosha County judge moved the trial to November 16th.

Zelich is accused in the 2012 death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, a college student from Cottage Grove, Oregon. He’s also suspected of killing 37-year-old Laura Simonson at a Rochester, Minnesota, hotel.

Court records say Zelich told investigators he killed them accidentally during sex.

2 comments

  • Wilson

    The delay in the trial is due to the bags being lost by the airline. They anticipate having the bags delivered to the court by late October….

  • hard working taxpayer

    I hope the one victim’s surviving family members from Minnesota {whose family/friends tried earnestly to get some answers when she first went missing} get some compensation. Who in their right mind would “accidentally” kill one person and not report it then go on to do another doing the same acts. I call shenanigans. He hid the bodies for months. One victim still had the ball gag in her mouth when they found her roadside. The freak probably pulled her out to view her for “kicks” once in awhile. When the odor of decomposition got to be too strong is when he tossed them. Yes, I’m sure he knew he was doing wrong, did he care? No. There would’ve been more victims and whose to say there isn’t? Sociopath to the nth. Rot maggot.

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