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UPDATE: Ex-cop pleads not guilty in suitcase death


Kenosha (WQOW) - A former Wisconsin police officer pleads not guilty to killing a woman and hiding her corpse.

He made the plea in court Monday, to the death of Jenny Gamez, a woman from the state of Oregon.

Court documents show Zelich claims he killed the 19-year-old while playing a sexual choking game.

The former West Allis officer is accused of dumping two bodies, in suitcases, near a Walworth County road.

**WKOW contributed to this report.


KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) --
A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases is headed to trial after waiving his preliminary hearing in southern Wisconsin.

Steven Zelich is charged with first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in Kenosha County, where he's accused of killing 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 and then hid her body in his home and car for months before dumping it in Walworth County in early June.

Prosecutors typically use a complaint during a preliminary hearing as the basis to convince a judge to hold someone for trial. Zelich also is a suspect in the death of a Farmington, Minnesota, woman.

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