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Insanity trial to begin for dad who killed 3 girls


ST. CROIX COUNTY (WKOW) – Opening statements will be made on Tuesday in the insanity trial of a man who admitted to killing his three daughters in their River Falls home.

Thirty-five-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, but he maintains he is not responsible because of a mental illness.

Prosecutors say Schaffhausen knew what he was doing last July when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia.  They say he did it because he was angry at his ex-wife.

Authorities say if Schaffhausen is found sane, he could go to prison for life.  If the jury finds he was not responsible, he could be committed to a psychiatric institution and possibly released someday.


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