Wisconsin Jury Will be Told About Rochester Murder Case
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge will allow jurors in a homicide case against a former police officer to hear about a Minnesota woman the defendant's also suspected of killing.
The remains of the two victims were found in suitcases along a highway near Lake Geneva in June 2014.
Former West Allis officer Steven Zelich is charged in Kenosha County with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the 2012 death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, from Cottage Grove, Oregon. He's also suspected of killing 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minnesota, at a Rochester hotel in 2013.
Court records say Zelich told investigators he accidentally choked both women to death during consensual sex.
The Kenosha News (http://bit.ly/1MIsUJx ) says prosecutors were able to convince Judge Bruce Schroeder on their third try to allow jurors to hear about Simonson's death.