A former deputy facing homicide charges for the death of his wife and sister-in-law is pleading guilty to the crime, but he maintains he was not legally responsible by reason of mental disease or defect.
Andrew Steele, 40, of Fitchburg, had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killings of his wife, Ashlee Steele, 39, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, 38, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, at the Steeles' Fitchburg home Aug. 22.
The guilty plea to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide was made in court Friday.
The family of Ashlee and Kacee feel the plea from Andy Steele is a little step forward. They say there is still a long road ahead with the trial and hope justice will be served.
Steele had resigned from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office after a diagnosis of ALS. Steele appeared in court a wheelchair. He anticipates using a cane for his trial.