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UPDATE: No plea change yet for dad charged in daughters' deaths

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HUDSON (WKOW) -- A potential plea change for a man accused of killing his three daughters in is now on hold.

Aaron Schaffhausen's defense attorney, John Kucinski, stated the North Dakota man may change his plea deal at Wednesday's pretrial hearing.  Schaffhausen originally pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. 

The plea change would be Schaffhausen admitting to the killings, but maintain an insanity claim.  However, after prosecutors and defense attorneys met for several hours, St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Howard Cameron said both sides would file briefs on the matter and another hearing has been set for Thursday. 

Schaffhausen, a N.D. construction worker, faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July 10 deaths of his daughters, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia.  His trial begins Monday.

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HUDSON (WKOW) -- The attorney for the father accused of killing his three daughters in Wisconsin says his client may admit to the crimes but maintain an insanity claim.

Defense attorney John Kucinski tells the Star Tribune that Aaron Schaffhausen might change his plea Wednesday and just have an insanity phase of the trial. Schaffhausen will be in court Wednesday for a hearing. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

Schaffhausen faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July deaths of his daughters, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. The sisters were killed at their River Falls home.

In January, Schaffhausen added a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Kucinski would not explain why his client might change his plea.

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