Trial to begin January 25th for Steven Zelich, charged in death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez

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KENOSHA COUNTY — The trial against a former police officer charged in connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman will begin later in January in Kenosha County.

Steven Zelich

Steven Zelich

54-year-old Steven Zelich faces one count of first degree intentional homicide and one count of hiding a corpse out of Kenosha County.

His trial is set to begin on January 25th, and it is expected to last two weeks.

A final pre-trial hearing was held on Tuesday, January 5th for the former West Allis police officer.

Zelich is accused in the death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, who was from Oregon state.

Jenny Gamez

Zelich is also suspected of killing 37-year-old Laura Simonson in Minnesota in 2013.  A judge will allow jurors to hear about Simonson during Zelich’s trial.


The women’s remains were found in suitcases along a highway near Lake Geneva in June of 2014.

Zelich is charged with two counts of hiding a corpse out of Walworth County.

He has a status conference scheduled for February 12th in that case.

Bodies found in suitcases in Town of Geneva

Bodies found in suitcases in Town of Geneva