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Former Dane County deputy pleads guilty in deaths of 2

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Dane County sheriff’s deputy has changed his plea to guilty in the killings of his wife and sister-in-law.

Andrew Steele of Fitchburg last month had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his wife, 39-year-old Ashlee Steele, and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo, Minn.

The women were killed last August at the Steeles’ home.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the change of plea means the focus of Steele’s trial starting April 13 will be whether he is legally responsible in the deaths. Steele has claimed that the terminal ALS he was diagnosed with last June affected his brain and ability to obey the law.

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