Homicide

Former deputy charged with killing wife, sister-in-law in Wisconsin

This undated photo provided by Rachelle Putnam shows Ashlee Steele, left, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, both were found dead of gunshot wounds Aug. 22, 2014 at Steele's home in Fitchburg, Wis. Authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that Tollefsbol, called 911 before she died and identified Andy Steele, her brother-in-law, as the man who shot her.  (AP Photo/Rachelle Putnam)

This undated photo provided by Rachelle Putnam shows Ashlee Steele, left, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, both were found dead of gunshot wounds Aug. 22, 2014 at Steele's home in Fitchburg, Wis. Authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that Tollefsbol, called 911 before she died and identified Andy Steele, her brother-in-law, as the man who shot her. (AP Photo/Rachelle Putnam)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors have charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy with killing his wife and sister-in-law last week.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed two charges of first-degree intentional homicide against Andrew Steele on Friday. Steele would face mandatory life in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $1 million.

Steele's attorney said her client respects the criminal justice system and will work within it to see the case to its conclusion.

Detectives believe Steele killed his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, in the Steeles' home in Fitchburg, a Madison suburb, on Aug. 22.

Steele resigned from the Dane County Sheriff's Department in June after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.