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Mon Jan 25, 2016, 01:53 PM

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman, Ditching Body

Source: Associated Press

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman, Ditching Body

MILWAUKEE Jan 25, 2016, 1:41 PM ET

A former suburban Milwaukee police officer pleaded guilty to killing an Oregon woman and ditching her body in a suitcase along a Wisconsin highway on Monday, the same day his trial was set to begin.

Steven Zelich pleaded guilty in the death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, whose body was found along a Wisconsin highway in August 2012. Zelich also is accused of killing a woman from Minnesota a year later whose body also was found in a suitcase along the same highway.

Zelich pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide with use of a dangerous weapon and hiding a corpse in the Gamez case, which is being handled in Kenosha County, about 40 miles south of Milwaukee.

The former West Allis police officer also is charged with killing 37-year-old Laura Simonson the following year. Authorities allege she died in Minnesota, so charges in her death were filed there.

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