Jurors get case of Wis. dad who killed girls

Associated Press

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The insanity case of a Wisconsin man who has admitted he killed his three young daughters has gone to a jury.

Aaron Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty in St. Croix County Circuit Court to killing 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia. But he says he's not responsible because of a mental illness.

Jurors will determine his sanity, which could mean the difference between life in prison or time in a psychiatric institution.

During closing arguments Tuesday, prosecutor Gary Freyberg said Schaffhausen is a manipulator who knew what he was doing when he slit his girls' throats to get revenge on his ex-wife.

Defense attorney John Kucinski says Schaffhausen has a rare mental disorder.


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