Trial set for ex-officer in Oregon teen’s murder

Steven Zelich charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse

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) — Trial is set for a former Wisconsin police officer accused of killing an Oregon woman whose body was found in a suitcase along a rural highway.

A final pretrial hearing was held Tuesday for 54-year-old Steven Zelich. WITI-TV reports the trial for the former West Allis officer is scheduled to begin Jan. 25 and is expected to last two weeks.

Zelich is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the 2012 death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, from Cottage Grove, Oregon. Zelich also is suspected of killing 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minnesota, at a Rochester hotel in 2013.

The women’s remains were found in suitcases along a highway near Lake Geneva in June 2014.

Court records say Zelich told investigators he killed them accidentally during sex.

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