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

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.

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.