STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A Plover man told investigators that he strangled a 36-year-old woman, sexually assaulted her after she was dead, put her body in her car, drove it to a rural area and set the vehicle on fire, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
“Mr. Flores Aca told detectives that he was so angry and had lost control and likened it to becoming a 'monster,'” the criminal complaint said.
Jose Luis Flores Aca, 32, of Plover was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault and hiding a corpse in the Aug. 7 death of Jamie Koch at her apartment in Plover.
He made his initial appearance in Portage County Circuit Court via video conference from jail, where he is being held on $1 million bail, online court records said. His next court appearance is Sept. 11 for a preliminary hearing.
Aca told investigators he was returning from an evening at the bar and had just been unable to talk to a former girlfriend when Koch asked “Hi, how are you?” as he stood in the hallway of the building where he and Koch had separate apartments, the complaint said.
Aca said Koch invited him inside her apartment and he eventually “threw her a punch” and she fell down, the complaint said.
Aca said he used his hands and Koch's bra to strangle her, the complaint said.
“The last thing I remember I wrapped it around like this and she was going crazy and everything so I must have tied it hard or something and I kept choking her until she just wasn't breathing,” Aca told investigators, according to the complaint.
Aca told police he loses his temper “very easily” after he hurt his head in a driving accident some years ago and he “goes off on people when in the past he wouldn't have,” the complaint said.
Aca said he carried Koch's body to the rear seat of her car and drove to a rural area of Waupaca County where he once worked as a farm worker, the complaint said.
He said he found a lighter in Koch's car and started sheets and a blanket on fire and then stuffed a cloth in the car's gas tank and started it on fire, the complaint said.
Then, he ran off to a nearby farm where he knew some of the workers, got a ride back to Plover and went to bed, the complaint said.
Koch was last seen alive about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 7, leaving Joe's Bar, the complaint said.
Sean Drury, Aca's attorney, did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.