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Prosecutors: Former deputy planned homicides

By TODD RICHMOND
Associated Press

Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andy Steele appears via teleconference with his attorney Jessa Nicholson before Dane County Court Commissioner Scott McAndrew at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, Wis. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Steele is accused in the Aug. 22 shooting deaths of his wife and sister-in-law at his Fitchburg, Wis. home. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

Former Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Steele appears via teleconference Aug. 29 with his attorney, Jessa Nicholson, before Dane County Court Commissioner Scott McAndrew at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison. Judge Nicholas McNamara increased Steele’s bond to $2 million during a hearing Thursday. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy plotted to kill his wife and sister-in-law for days.

Former Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Steele faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22 shooting deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol.

A court commissioner initially set his bail at $1 million last month. Andrew Steele’s defense attorney filed a motion earlier this week seeking to reduce that amount to between $50,000 and $100,000. Prosecutors filed a counter-motion asking to bump it to $5 million, writing in the filing that investigators have collected evidence showing Andrew Steele planned the killings for days and had left a note on his phone detailing his plan.

Judge Nicholas McNamara increased his bond to $2 million during a hearing Thursday.

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