State wants confirmation of former Dane Co. deputy’s competency

Court document: No official record of Steele's competency filed
State wants confirmation of former Dane Co. deputy’s competency
Andy Steele

State prosecutors filed a motion last week asking for formal clarification on the competency of former Dane County deputy Andrew Steele, who is charged in a double homicide case.

Steele is charged 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.

The motion filed Oct. 31 said the state has no reason to doubt Steele’s competence, and that no record has been made regarding his competency or his lawyer’s position on the matter.

Assistant District Attorney Paul L. Barnett said in the motion that he had a brief conversation with Steele’s attorney where she said her personal and professional opinion that she had no reason at that time to doubt Steele’s competency.

The motion said the state believes a statement on the record concerning Steele’s competency is justified and an appropriate record will be created.

In the motion, the state asked that the court ask for statements from Steele and his attorney on his competency currently and at the time of the initial appearance and preliminary hearings.

Bail was previously set at $1 million and Steele was ordered to not have contact with his children.