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Attorney: Steven Zelich likely wanted bodies to be found

July 04, 2014 1:37 a.m. | Elkhorn — The attorney for former West Allis police officer Steven M. Zelich said Thursday that the deaths of two women whose bodies were found along a Walworth County road were accidental and that in leaving the bodies there, Zelich was likely hoping they would be found.

Before Walworth County Circuit Judge Phillip A. Koss bound Zelich over for trial on charges of hiding a corpse, attorney Travis Schwantes argued that probable cause for a trial did not exist because Zelich was likely hoping the bodies would be discovered in the Town of Geneva.

Schwantes was responding to District Attorney Daniel Necci, who said Zelich was likely trying to conceal a crime.

"There is nothing in the law that says they have to be hidden well," Necci said.

Schwantes hurriedly left court after Koss' ruling, saying there is "a lot of work to do on (the case) right now, and I am eager to do it."

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Zelich 'went ballistic' when questioned about handcuffs, report says

July 03, 2014 2:32 p.m. | West Allis — A woman involved in alleged prostitution encounter with Steven Zelich in 2001 said he "went ballistic" when she questioned him about handcuffs, according to an incident report released by the West Allis Police Deaprtment.

Zelich was forced to resign from the West Allis Police Department, where he had worked since 1989, after the off-duty altercation with an alleged prostitute, according to police sources.

Although the circumstances may have warranted criminal charges against Zelich, the earlier case was never referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney's office for possible prosecution.

According to the incident report from West Allis police:

West Allis officers were called for a report of a woman, wearing only a bikini, banging on a door, and were told that the woman was last seen walking east on W. National Ave. about 3:40 a.m. May 13, 2001.

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