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Psychiatrist blames Lou Gehrig's disease in deputy slayings


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A forensic psychiatrist has testified that Lou Gehrig's disease is the reason a former sheriff's deputy in Wisconsin killed his wife and sister-in-law.

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

Taking the stand for the defense Wednesday, Dr. Doug Tucker testified that a message Steele wrote about suicide and sexual relations with his wife and sister-in-law is delusional and shows Steele's brain was deteriorating because of ALS. Tucker said that was the reason Steele killed the two and that he was "unable to conform his conduct to the law."

Steele, a former Dane County deputy, was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease last June.

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