MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A judge has ordered a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy to stand trial in his wife and sister-in-law's deaths.
Police found Andrew Steele's wife, Ashlee Steele, and her sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, shot in the Steeles' Fitchburg home on Aug. 22. Prosecutors charged Andrew Steele with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide last week.
Dane County Circuit Judge Steven Ebert bound Steele over for trial Thursday following a preliminary hearing that saw a detective testify that he found Tollefsbol shot in the home's basement and she told him before she died that Andrew Steele shot her. Steele's attorney didn't call any witnesses.
Steele resigned from the Dane County Sheriff's Department in June after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
The former Dane County deputy accused of killing his wife and sister-in-law has been charged.
Andrew Steele is officially charged with two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide. One of those counts includes a charge of Domestic Violence against Steele's wife.
Andrew Steele had an initial court appearance Friday afternoon. He appeared via video from the Rock County Jail. The Dane County judge set bail at $1 million and told Steele he could not have contact with his children.
Last Friday 39-year-old Ashlee Steele and her sister 38-year-old Kacee Tollesbol were shot and killed inside the Steele's home in Fitchburg.
Before she died Kacee told responding officers that Andrew Steele had shot her in the back.
Andrew Steele was found inside the home and taken into custody.
The funeral for Ashlee and Kacee is today in Minnesota.
Steele retired from the Dane County Sheriff's Office shortly after being diagnosed with ALS. There are no reports of police calls to the Steele home before last Friday.
Andrew Steele's next court hearing is scheduled for September 4th.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A former Dane County sheriff's deputy suspected of fatally shooting his wife and sister-in-law is due in court.
Andy Steele is scheduled for an appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Steele could be formally charged Friday in the deaths of 39-year-old Ashley Steele and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo Minnesota.
The two were killed a week ago at the Steele's home in suburban Fitchburg.
Meanwhile, a funeral service for the sisters will be held Friday afternoon in Stillwater, Minnesota at the Church of St. Michael.
The former Dane County deputy, accused in the murder of his wife and sister in-law, is now being held in the Rock County Jail.
39 year old Andy Steele isn't being held in the Dane County Jail to avoid a conflict of interest. Steele had been a deputy in Dane County for 14 years, before retiring in June after being diagnosed with ALS.
Last Friday, he allegedly shot and killed his wife Ashlee and her sister, Kacee, at his Fitchburg home. He also injured himself in an apparent suicide attempt and had been hospitalized in Milwaukee.
It's expected he'll make his first court appearance on Friday.