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Ex-West Allis cop Zelich pleads not guilty to hiding bodies of murdered women

ELKHORN, WI (WTAQ) - Former West Allis police officer Steven Zelich pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to charges that he hid the bodies of two murdered women in suitcases near Lake Geneva.

The 52-year-old Zelich was arraigned in Walworth County Circuit Court on two felony counts of hiding a corpse. He remains in jail under $1 million bond, and the status of his case will be reviewed on September 23rd.

Prosecutors said Zelich killed 37-year-old Laura Simonson at a hotel room in Rochester Minnesota, and 19-year-old Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove Oregon -- and he held onto both bodies for months before putting them in suitcases and dumping them along a road in the town of Geneva.

Homicide charges have not been filed against Zelich. Prosecutors expect those cases to be filed in the places where the women turned up dead.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)