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Prosecutors say Schaffhausen's motive was to hurt ex-wife

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

HUDSON - Prosecutors say Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three daughters in order to hurt his ex-wife. The revelation at a court hearing yesterday is the first time a motive has been suggested for the July triple-murder in River Falls.

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Eleven year old Amara, eight year old Sophie and five year old Cecilia Schaffhausen were all found tucked into their beds with their throats slit. If convicted, Schaffhausen would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

At yesterday's hearing, the judge told Schaffhausen's attorney he has until December 14th to file a motion to plea not guilty by reason of insanity and until December 28th to file a request for a change of venue.

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