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Steven Zelich pleads not guilty to homicide, hiding a corpse charges

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - Former West Allis police officer Steven Zelich has pleaded not guilty to killing Jenny Gamez, one of two women he allegedly murdered and hid in suitcases.

The 52-year-old Zelich was arraigned Monday on his Kenosha County charges of homicide and hiding a corpse. That involved the 2012 death of the 19-year-old Gamez, after the two reportedly played a sexual choking game at a Kenosha hotel.

The bodies of Gamez and 37-year-old Laura Simonson of Farmington Minnesota were found in separate suitcases in early June along a rural roadside near Lake Geneva.

Charges are pending in the case of Simonson, who died in similar circumstances last fall in Rochester Minnesota.

Zelich returns to court next month on two Walworth County charges of hiding corpses. A status hearing in his Kenosha County case is set for October 21st.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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