A Fitchburg man, who was found not guilty of the murder of his wife and sister-in-law due to a mental defect, is asking to be released from the mental institution.
The attorney for 41-year-old Andrew Steele argues his client needs 24 hour care due to his Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the facility where he is currently being kept is not equipped to provide it to him.
Steele had pleaded guilty to two homicide charges for the August 2014 deaths of wife Ashlee Steele and her sister, Kacee Tollefsboll. Both were found dead at the Steele’s home in Fitchburg, a Madison suburb. In April of this year, a jury found Steele was not legally responsible for the deaths due to a mental disease or defect, and he was committed. State law allows him to petition for release every six months.
A judge is expected to appoint an independent examiner to evaluate Steele and will report back to the court.