Defense: Wisconsin dad who killed girls was insane

Associated Press

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Wisconsin man who has admitted he killed his three young daughters says his client has a mental disease and should be sent to a psychiatric institution, not a prison.

Jurors are weighing whether Aaron Schaffhausen was legally sane when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia in their River Falls home last July.

During closing arguments Tuesday, defense attorney John Kucinski said the slayings were "psychogenetic killings" that arose from Schaffhausen's mental disease, triggered by the end of his marriage and loss of his children through divorce. He says Schaffhausen suffers from a rare disorder, rooted in a deep dependency on his wife.

Prosecutors have said Schaffhausen cut his girls' throats in a jealous rage. The government is now presenting its closing arguments.