Kris Zocco makes first court appearance, now charged in 2013 death of Kelly Dwyer
For the first time, Kris Zocco enters a Milwaukee courtroom, now charged with killing his girlfriend Kelly Dwyer back in 2013.
Zocco was already serving time for child porn and drug charges. He was transferred from a prison cell to a Milwaukee County courtroom.
Prosecutors say he killed Dwyer and then stuffed her in a golf bag before dumping her body in rural Jefferson County.
Dwyer's family was not in the courtroom for Zocco's initial appearance. He's facing numerous charges including First Degree Reckless Homicide, Strangulation, and Hiding a Corpse.
Today, the state argued that they have enough circumstantial evidence to move forward with the case.
According to court documents, Dwyer was last seen with Zocco before she was reported missing back in October of 2013.
Following her disappearance, police say Zocco gave inconsistent statements to investigators. When investigators brought in a K9 Unit, traces of human remains were found in Zocco's bed, trash chute, and the trunk of his car.
Dwyer's body was later found in May of 2015 in Jefferson County.
The defense argues the 16-page complaint isn't enough evidence to find Zocco responsible.
"It's a process of elimination complaint, and we don't process people on the process of elimination," said Attorney Craig Mastantuono.
"Circumstantial cases are charged and won all the time. The state argues that this is a pretty substantial one," said State Attorney Sara Hill.
Zocco will be back in court next Thursday.
His bail was set for $100,000 but he is serving time for prior Drug and Child Pornography charges.