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Judge in Schaffhausen case to decide to allow police interview to be heard in court

HUDSON - A judge will decide next month whether a jury will be allowed to hear a three-and-a-half hour police interview with Aaron Schaffhausen.

He's the man accused of killing his three daughters at his ex-wife's home in River Falls on July 10th. Judge Howard Cameron took testimony about the police video-tape at a hearing yesterday. The defense wants to prevent the tape from being presented to jurors, should Schaffhausen's trial proceed as scheduled.

River Falls police investigator Charles Golden testified that the 35-year-old Schaffhausen broke down twice during the interview. Golden quoted the suspect as saying he needs help, but he didn't know what kind. The officer said he asked if the police should be looking for other suspects, and he nodded his head no. Golden said Schaffhausen was asked several times if he wanted a lawyer - and finally said yes about three hours into the interview. The detective said Schaffhausen did not respond to many questions - and his lawyer, John Kucinski, said the police tried to claim that the suspect had waived his Miranda rights.

The defense lawyer also said he's still considering an insanity plea for Schaffhausen on three counts of homicide and one of arson. The judge has given him until December 14th to decide on such a plea.