Jury deliberating in trial of ex-Wisconsin deputy with ALS

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 7:44 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jurors are deliberating in the trial of a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease who killed his wife and sister-in-law.

Forty-year-old Andrew Steele has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease in the August shooting deaths of his 39-year-old wife, Ashlee Steele, and her sister, 38-year-old Kacee Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

WISC-TV (http://bit.ly/1JdIP6n) reports jurors began deliberations about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Defense attorneys contend that ALS damaged Steele's brain, making him not criminally responsible for the deaths. Prosecutors believe Steele planned the killings.

Assistant District Attorney Andrea Raymond read what has been called a suicide note that Steele had on his phone. Raymond said Steele "wanted to go out like a rock star."

Steele, a native of Saginaw Township, Michigan, did not take the stand.

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Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com