A judge has ruled that a former deputy found not guilty by reason of mental defect in a homicide case should remain in an institution.
Andrew Steele, 40, pleaded insanity in the killings of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, and will be committed to the Department of Health Services. A judge said he would pose a risk of bodily harm to himself or others if he was released. Steele was found not guilty by reason of mental defect on two homicide charges April 23.
The judge said Steele's commitment order must be reconsidered from time to time.
Steele told the court he doesn't object to institutionalization. He told the court, "Ashlee and Kacee are two of the greatest people to ever walk this earth." He said, "Kacee was among the best friends that I've ever had and they're both gone because I caused their death."