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Sanity at issue at dad's trial for killing 3 girls

11:46 AM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
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(AP) - A Wisconsin man has admitted slashing his three daughters to death. Now, a jury will decide whether they believe his claim that he was insane when he did it.
 
Aaron Schaffhausen (SHAF'-howz-ihn) goes on trial Monday in St. Croix County, just east of Minneapolis. Schaffhausen last week admitted cutting the throats of his daughters - 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia - last July in their River Falls home.
 
Prosecutors say Schaffhausen was bitter over his divorce from his ex-wife, Jessica, and angry because he thought she had begun seeing another man. A criminal complaint says he called his ex-wife the day the girls were slain and told her: "You can come home now because I killed the kids."
 
Schaffhausen's attorney says his client has a "major depressive order."

Associated Press

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