Lakeshore News

Ex-Officer to Be Sentenced in Suitcase Murder

Former police officer Steven Zelich will be sentenced this (Wednesday) afternoon for killing one of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases near Lake Geneva. The 54-year-old Zelich struck a plea deal in January, just as a trial was about to begin in Kenosha County. He pleaded guilty to hiding a corpse and a reduced charge of reckless homicide for the 2012 choking death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez of Oregon. Zelich, a former West Allis police officer, also faces a murder charge in Minnesota for the 2013 death of Laura Simonson at a hotel in Rochester. Both bodies were found in suitcases along a roadside in 2014, and his lawyer says both killings were inadvertent following rough sex Zelich had with both victims.

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