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Ex-cop has bond set at $1M in suitcase murders

ELKHORN, WI (WTAQ) - A judge set bond at $1 million Friday for a former West Allis police officer suspected of killing two women and dumping suitcases with the victims' bodies in them.

52-year-old Steven Zelich made an initial appearance in Walworth County Circuit Court on two counts of hiding a corpse.

Defense lawyer Travis Schwantes wanted a much lower bond, saying Zelich has not been charged with homicide. But District Attorney Daniel Necci said he expects homicide charges in the counties where his purported victims were killed -- Laura Simonson in Rochester Minnesota, and the yet-to-be-named victim in Kenosha County.

Authorities said Zelich stored away both corpses for months at his West Allis home and later in his vehicle. Officials said he dumped the suitcases along a grassy roadside near Lake Geneva on June 5th.

Authorities said Zelich met both women online, then had separate encounters with them in which allegedly killed them violently.

Zelich is due back in Walworth County next Thursday for preliminary hearing on the corpse disposal charges.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)