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Schaffhausen trial to focus on insanity plea

News Ellsworth,Wisconsin 54011
Pierce County Herald
Schaffhausen trial to focus on insanity plea
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

RIVER FALLS - The upcoming trial for accused child-killer Aaron Schaffhausen is expected to center more on his mental state than his guilty.

Schaffhausen is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one of attempted arson. He is accused of killing his three daughters, aged five through 11, at the River Falls home of his ex-wife.

A motions hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday with the trial to start a week from tomorrow. Neither prosecution nor the defense has ever suggested any other suspects in the killings.

If Schaffhausen is found guilty and insane, he would be committed to a mental health institution. His attorney says it would be unlikely his client would ever be released.