Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Former Wisconsin deputy found not guilty in killing of MN wife, sister-in-law

Author:

A former Wisconsin deputy, charged last year with killing his wife and sister-in-law, was found not guilty due to a mental disease or defect, multiple outlets report.

The Chippewa Daily Herald reports the jury decided early Thursday morning Andrew Steele was not legally responsible for the shooting death of Ashley Steele and Kacee Tollefsbol.

Ashley Steele (Andrew Steele's wife) and her sister, Tollefsbol, were both from Lake Elmo, Minnesota. They were killed at Steele’s home in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, where Ashley lived at the time.

Andrew Steele admitted he killed the women, WKOW reports.

This embed is invalid

But during the trial, the defense team argued the 40-year-old suffered from a major brain disorder at the time of their deaths, caused by his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Two experts, a psychologist and a neurologist, testified that Steele's behavior leading up to and after the womens' deaths were not indicative of an ongoing, progressive mental disease, the State Journal reported, and even showed some amount of planning.

The jury sided with the defense, in essence agreeing that the mental disease kept Steele from understanding he was breaking the law at the time.

Following the verdict, Andrew Steele's attorney said she believes the decision sets a precedent that "we need to take brain damage seriously," WKOW reports.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will now conduct an investigation, and the judge from the trial will decide whether Steele can be released back into the public, or if he needs care at an institution, the Chippewa Daily Herald says.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.

Related