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Flores held on million dollars cash bond in homicide case


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - The man accused of killing a Plover woman a week ago and leaving her body in a partially burned vehicle is being held on a million dollars cash bond.

32-year-old Jose Luis Flores made a bond appearance today in Portage County Court. He's accused of the murder of his 36-year-old neighbor Jamie Koch at the apartment building they both lived at in Plover.

Flores is a citizen of Mexico and has turned over his passport. He spoke through a translator today in court. Formal charges have not yet been filed, but district attorney Louis Molepske Jr. says it's likely he'll be charged with sexual assault, homicide, and hiding and mutilating a corpse.

The District Attorney says it may be sometime next week before he files formal charges against Flores for the death of Koch. Molepske says he cannot file the charges against Flores yet because investigators are not finished with their reports. “A lot of investigation is still being done, and files are still being finalized and prepared, and as all criminal files, they all come into the DA’s office as a referral, and the DA reviews the referral for the charging document, which is the criminal complaint.” He says that process takes a little time.

Investigators believe Koch died of strangulation, but the official autopsy results have not been released. Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel was one of the investigators at the remote farm field where Koch’s body was found in a partially burned vehicle. He says no weapon was involved in Koch’s death.