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Dying from ALS, former deputy charged with murdering wife and sister-in-law

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Andrew Steele, 39, a former deputy with the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin, currently suffering with Lou Gehrig's disease, was charged Friday with the Aug. 22 shooting deaths of his wife Ashlee Steele, 39, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, 38. Charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, Steele would receive two life sentences in prison if found guilty, according to an Aug. 29 report from ABC News.

Court documents filed Friday show that the sister-in-law called police on Aug. 22 from Steele’s home in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, to report that her brother-in-law shot her - and that she was dying. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered Tollefsbol in the basement of the home. She was covered in blood resulting from a gunshot wound to her back. She reiterated to police at the time that Steele was the one who shot her. Transported to a nearby hospital, Tollefsbol died from her injuries about an hour after making that 911 call.

A SWAT team with the Dane County Sheriff's Office found the wife, Ashlee, dead in the master bedroom of the home. “She had been shot in the head and had a zip-tie wrapped around her throat, cutting off circulation, the complaint said.”

Searching through the home, the SWAT team found the husband in the laundry room. He had a gun. Although Steele resisted and tried to fight off the team, officers managed to subdue him and secure the handgun.

No motive in the double homicide has been forthcoming. Steele’s defense attorney said that she wants her client to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. According to Steele’s lawyer, there had never been any instances of domestic violence reported between the couple prior to the Aug. 22 shootings.

Yahoo! News reported that the former deputy is terminally ill and currently being held on $1 million cash bond. The judge decreed that Steele would not be able to have any contact with his two children or “any members of his wife's family.” Steele will be back in court on Sept. 4 for his preliminary hearing.

The criminal complaint filed Friday stated that wife Ashlee was organizing a fund raising effort to help pay for her husband’s medical bills. Her goal was to raise $75,000. At the time of her death, Ashlee had raised approximately $23,000 for her husband’s medical care.