Zelich held on $1 million bond, DA mentions murder charges coming from other counties


by David Ade

 WALWORTH COUNTY -- Steven Zelich sits behind bars on a one-million dollar bond.

A Walworth County judge set that bail amount at a hearing Friday afternoon.

Walworth County doesn't have the jurisdiction to charge Zelich with murder, but the district attorney and the judge agreed Zelich’s bond should take into account his confessing to being involved in the deaths of two women.

Using a closed circuit video feed, Friday Steven Zelich appeared in court for the first time since he was arrested.

He sat quiet and emotionless on screen as Walworth County District Attorney Dan Necci gave gruesome details to the court.

While he says Walworth County doesn't have jurisdiction to charge Zelich with murder, Necci still asked for a one million dollar bond on the two charges of hiding a body.


"We don't get a lot of hiding a corpse here in Walworth County. So I think the circumstances always dictate what we're going to ask for as far as bond." Necci said following the hearing.

After hearing a counter from Zelich's public defender, Walworth County Judge David Reddy quickly made a ruling.

"The criminal complaint indicates the defendant admitted to committing these crimes, and most importantly that he caused the death of these victims. Because of that, I'm adopting the recommendation of the state. It will be one million dollar cash bond." Reddy said from the bench during the hearing.

Necci said murder charges could end up coming in Kenosha County, and in Minnesota.

 “In the grand scheme of things if homicide charges are filed in other counties, our charges are kind of small potatoes at this point." Necci said.


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