Former Dane County deputy pleads insanity in deaths of 2

Steele ordered to stay in institution; says ‘I caused their death’
Andrew Steele

A former Dane County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killings of his wife and sister-in-law.

Forty-year-old Andrew Steele, of Fitchburg, was diagnosed with terminal ALS in June. The defense says his disease causes poor impulse control and affects his ability to obey the law.

Steele is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of his wife, 39-year-old Ashlee Steele, and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, at the Steeles’ home Aug. 22. His trial is scheduled to begin April 13.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Steele was wheeled into the courtroom for a pretrial conference Friday. It says his speech sounded slurred, his tongue thick, as he spoke briefly, but that he otherwise appeared engaged and attentive.