MILWAUKEE -- District Attorney E. Michael McCann said he would file additional homicide charges against Jeffrey Dahmer Thursday and the admitted serial killer's attorney said his client would waive a preliminary hearing.
McCann said Wednesday he would add to the 12 homicide charges lodged against Dahmer, 31, but he refused to say how many additional counts would be filed.
Dahmer was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. CDT Thursday. Attorney Gerald Boyle said late Wednesday Dahmer would waive the hearing, which would mean he would be bound over for arraignment on the charges.
The former chocolate factory worker remained in jail under a $5 million cash bond. Dahmer is under constant observation by guards and only leaves his cell to meet with his attorneys and investigators.
Dahmer has confessed to 17 slayings and included among his victims are two 14-year-old boys. All but one, in his hometown of Bath Township, Ohio, were committed in the Milwaukee area.
McCann's office Wednesday had not said whether charges would be filed against the Golden Gate Funeral Home in Milwaukee for the way remains of one of Dahmer's victims were packed for shipment to a funeral home in Michigan.
Golden Gate officials, who have refused to comment on the case, put the remains of Matt Turner, 20, Chicago, into a box marked as computer parts and took the box to Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport for shipment to Flint, Mich., where the victim's relatives live, said Jim Perla, an investigator for the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office.
Drug-sniffing dogs discovered the box last week and the remains were returned to the Medical Examiner's office. Perla called the container inappropriate and said the bones should have been put into a sealed container.
Wisconsin Attorney General James Doyle said his investigation into the Dahmer case would be finished by next Wednesday. His office is looking into whether criminal charges should be filed against three suspended police officers because of their contact in May with Dahmer and one of his victims.
Milwaukee Police Chief Philip Arreola has twice indicated he would announce his disciplinary decisions regarding the officers, but canceled at least once at the request of Doyle.
The attorney general has warned Arreola any statements he might make publicly regarding his internal investigation may jeopardize the state's investigation.
The three officers confronted Dahmer and a 14-year-old Laotian boy on May 27 when they responded to a call that a male youth was disoriented and running naked outside Dahmer's apartment building. Dahmer convinced the officers, who returned the youth to his apartment, the incident was a spat between two adult homosexual lovers.
Dahmer later confessed to police that shortly after the officers left he killed the youth. He also has admitted killing three other victims after the May encounter with police.