Judge: Deputy who killed two should be freed

MADISON, Wis. - Court records show officials have given a green light to releasing a former Dane County sheriff's deputy who was found not legally responsible for killing his wife and sister-in-law to his parents' home.

Andrew Steele has ALS and is no longer able to walk. He's currently living at the Mendota Mental Health Institute, but a judge has ruled he should be released because he no longer poses a threat.

Steele's attorney, Nicholas Gansner, tells WKOW-TV the possibility of placing his client at his parents' home is stalled for now because his need for care is increasing as the terminal disease progresses.

The brother of the two victims, Minnesota natives Ashlee Steele and Kacee Tollefsbol, was in court when the judge made the decision to release Steele.

"My view is my two sisters were killed by a man that they trusted, and how he is not responsible for taking their lives in that horrific manner we don't understand," Putnam said.

More than 40 medical facilities have declined to take Steele. Ganser says a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on a possible placement option has been canceled. A hearing on Steele's case is expected to be held next month.



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