Bail set at $1M for Steven Zelich

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WALWORTH COUNTY - Former West Allis police officer Steven Zelich charged in connection with two gruesome murders had a bail hearing Friday afternoon. A Walworth County judge set bail at $1M.

Steve Zelich faces two counts of hiding a corpse after the bodies of two women were found stuffed in suitcases in the Town of Geneva. The charges against Zelich comes from Walworth County. During Friday's hearing attorneys noted that charges related to homicide may come from other counties in the future.

During the hearing Zelich's attorney asked the court to set bail at $50,000 since he was a long time resident of the Milwaukee area with strong ties to the community. He even noted that Zelich graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The criminal compliant states one victim, 37-year-old Laura Simonson, was found naked with a rope around her neck and a sexual ball gag in her mouth. 

The other victim's name has not yet been released, but documents show she was also naked with her hands tied behind her. 

Zelich says he met the unidentified victim first in Kenosha County, where he killed her and took her body, stuffed inside a suitcase, back to his West Allis apartment. 

Months later, Zelich told investigators he met with Simonson in a Minnesota hotel. 

Zelich says he traveled back to Wisconsin with her body in a suitcase.

He's scheduled to appear at a bail/bond hearing in Walworth County Friday afternoon. 




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