abc
QUICK LINKS:

Ex-Wis. Officer Pleads Not Guilty in Suitcase Slaying

Updated: 08/18/2014 3:15 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 6:40 AM KSTP.com

A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases has pleaded not guilty in the death of one.

Steven Zelich pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

A criminal complaint says the 52-year-old former West Allis officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game at a Kenosha hotel and then hid her body in his home and car for months before dumping it along a rural highway in early June.

Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minnesota, woman.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Steven Zelich walks a the Walworth County courtroom for his preliminary hearing Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Elkhorn, Wis.
Photo: AP/Jeffrey Phelps

Winter Weather Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Barron; Polk
Expires: 11/28/2014 4:00 PM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Clear
4°
14° | 14°
  • Feels like: -14° F
  • Wind: NNW 14mph
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Fri Considerable cloudiness
    30° | 24°
  • Sat Partly cloudy
    32° | 12°
  • Sun Times of sun and clouds
    20° | 4°
  • Mon Mainly sunny
    18° | 16°

Video

KSTP NEWS