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Ex-Sheriff's deputy getting treatment after suicide attempt after double murder

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A former Dane County sheriff's deputy continues to get treatment, after he reportedly tried killing himself on Friday when his wife and sister-in-law were murdered.

39-year-old Andy Steele of Fitchburg -- who was recently diagnosed with ALS -- is under arrest for the deaths of 39-year-old Ashlee Steele and her 38-year-old sister Kacee Tollefsbol. There's no word on when charges could be filed.

Both women were found shot at the Steeles' home.

Andy Steele was a deputy in Madison since 1998. He retired in June after getting Lou Gehrig's disease. He took the Ice Bucket Challenge on TV, and his wife raised $75,000 to care for a disease that's often fatal within 2 to 5 years.

Despite that fate, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said nobody who was close to the Steele family expected something like this to happen. Mahoney said the diagnosis had to affect the family, but they appeared to be moving forward.

Now, a new fund drive seeks to help the two victims' children. Wells Fargo bank branches are taking donations.

Ashlee Steele and Tollefsbol were originally from Stillwater Minnesota, north of Hudson. Their funerals will be on Friday at St. Michael's Church in Stillwater.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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