State Justice department taking over as prosecution in the Schaffhausen murdersThe state Justice Department is taking over the prosecution of a man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls.
The state Justice Department is taking over the prosecution of a man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls. Saint Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson asked for the state’s help, because the case against 34-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen is so complex. Assistant attorney general Gary Freyberg has been named a special prosecutor. Schaffhausen is due in court Tuesday on three counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He wants to appear via T-V from his jail cell – but Freyberg plans to ask the judge to make Schaffhausen appear in the courtroom in person. The judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence to put the defendant on trial for last week’s slayings of Cecilia, Sophie, and Amara Schaffhausen. Authorities said their father slit their throats, after he got permission from his ex-wife to visit them privately.