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August 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Wisconsin man waives hearing in case of Oregon woman’s death

The Associated Press

KENOSHA, Wis. — A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases has waived a preliminary hearing in southern Wisconsin.

Steven Zelich is charged with first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in Kenosha County Circuit Court where he’s accused of killing Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

A criminal complaint says the 52-year-old former suburban Milwaukee officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game that went too far, hid her body in a suitcase and then kept her body in his refrigerator for months.

Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minnesota, woman and also hiding her body.

The women’s remains were found in June in suitcases left along a rural Walworth County highway about an hour southwest of Milwaukee.

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