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Jury picked for insanity trial of ex-deputy in deaths of 2

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury has been picked to determine whether a former Dane County sheriff’s deputy was mentally ill in the killings of his wife and sister-in-law.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports 10 women and five men were chosen Monday to hear whether Andrew Steele of Fitchburg was legally responsible for the shooting deaths. Three of the jurors will be alternates.

Steele has 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.

Andrew Steele was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal degenerative muscle disease, about two months before the killings. Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday.

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