MAHONEY: 1222 (clears throat) You know, we'll all
move forward together. 25
WE HEAR FROM THE SHERIFF AND A CHURCH... BOTH CONNECTED
TO A DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN FITCHBURG.
-- DANNIKA --
HI I'M DANNIKA LEWIS.
THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR NEWS 3 AT TEN.
DANE COUNTY'S SHERIFF SAYS COUNSELORS AND THE COMMUNITY
HAVE BEEN HELPING HIS DEPARTMENT DEAL WITH A DOUBLE
HOMICIDE IN FITCHBURG... THAT POLICE BELIEVE INVOLVED
A FORMER DEPUTY.
FITCHBURG POLICE HAVE ANDY STEELE IN CUSTODY AT A
MEDICAL FACILITY... AFTER HIS WIFE, ASHLEE STEELE
WAS FOUND DEAD IN THEIR HOME.
ASHLEE'S SISTER, KACEE TOLLEFSBOL DIED LATER AT A
ANDY STEELE IS NOT FORMALLY CHARGED IN THE DEATHS
OF THOSE TWO WOMEN.
HE RETIRED FROM HIS JOB AS A DEPUTY IN JUNE... AFTER
BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A-L-S EARLIER THIS YEAR.
SHERIFF DAVE MAHONEY SAYS MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF ROUTINELY
CHECKED IN WITH STEELE... AND NEVER SAW ANY SIGNS
SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS COMING.
SHERIFF DAVE MAHONEY, Dane Co. Sheriff's Office:
1139 There's a lot of unanswered questions, and you
know, one of the things we do in this profession is
try to make sense out of nonsense. 47
AN EMOTIONAL DAVE MAHONEY TOLD REPORTERS TODAY ANDY
WAS AN "EXEMPLARY EMPLOYEE" IN HIS TIME ON THE FORCE...
AND THAT HE HAS HAD NO CONTACT WITH ANDY SINCE FRIDAY'S
-- DANNIKA --
FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF THE STEELES ARE RALLYING TOGETHER
IN THE WAKE OF THIS WEEKEND'S NEWS.
NEWS 3'S LEAH LINSCHEID SPOKE WITH SOME OF THEM TODAY,
AND JOINS US WITH MORE.
-- LEAH --
THE STEELES WERE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE CHRIST MEMORIAL
LUTHERAN CHURCH IN FITCHBURG...
AND THE CONGREGATION THERE IS FEELING THE LOSS OF
A FRIEND, AND CO-WORKER, WHO FELT MORE LIKE FAMILY.
1354 "It's extremely hard, it's very difficult."
Two days after friends and family lost two loved ones,
the members of Christ Lutheran Church are feeling
an array of emotions.
"It's tragic, it's horrible. All the adjectives you
can use to describe it." 1402
The congregation lost both a friend and a coworker,
after 39-year-old Ashlee Steele was killed in a double
homicide at her Fitchburg home.
Steele was a faithful member of the church and also
taught preschool here for nearly a decade.
2103 "We weren't just coworkers, we were friends
there are things in my house that remind me of Ashlee
2112 and I'm hoping at some point there'll be some
things I can look at and remember her fondly. 2122
Right now just, it just exemplifies the loss." 2128