A former Dane County sheriff's deputy accused of killing his wife and sister-in-law is bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Andrew Steele appeared in Dane County Circuit Court and a police detective was the only witness to testify before a judge ruled there was enough evidence for the case to proceed.
Fitchburg police detective Matthew Wiza testified that he found Steele's sister-in-law shot in the home's basement and she told him before she died that Andrew Steele shot her.
"She had blood covering most of her body, and she appeared to have a gunshot wound to her torso," Wiza said.
Steele's attorney, Jessa Nicholsen, didn't call any witnesses.
Prosecutors charged Steele last week with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol. Police found both women shot in the Steeles' home in Fitchburg on Aug. 22.
Nicholsen said she plans to file for a judge to revisit Steele’s bail amount and his ability to see his children.
"The defense is working on exploring, number one if these allegations are accurate, and number two, if so, if there is a medical or psychological cause for that," Nicholsen said. "There's no apparent motive, and I'm interested in seeing if any motive exists."
Steele resigned from the Dane County Sheriff's Department in June after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.