Ruling against prosecutors in suitcase bodies case

The judge reaffirmed his earlier decision

In this undated booking photo released by Walworth County Sheriff's Office, Steven Zelich is seen. The former police officer has been charged Thursday, June 26, 2014, with hiding a corpse after the bodies of two women were found stuffed in suitcases deposited along a rural road in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Walworth County Sheriff's Office)
In this undated booking photo released by Walworth County Sheriff's Office, Steven Zelich is seen. The former police officer has been charged Thursday, June 26, 2014, with hiding a corpse after the bodies of two women were found stuffed in suitcases deposited along a rural road in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Walworth County Sheriff's Office)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A judge has reaffirmed his decision to bar prosecutors from telling jurors in the case of a former police officer accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a suitcase along a Wisconsin highway about another woman he’s also suspected of killing.

Steven Zelich, of West Allis, is charged in Kenosha County in the 2012 killing of Jenny Gamez, a 19-year-old from Cottage Grove, Oregon. He’s also suspected of killing 37-year-old Laura Simonson at a Minnesota hotel in 2013. Court records say he told investigators he killed them accidentally during sex.

Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled in April that prosecutors couldn’t use Simonson’s death in the trial for Gamez’ death. The Kenosha News reports the judge Friday denied a motion to reconsider. The trial is set for November.

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