ND Man Accused Of Killing Daughters Had Tuesday Court Appearance

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 7:44 am

On Tuesday, Aaron Schaffhausen, the North Dakota man charged with murdering his three daughters at his ex-wife’s house in River Falls, was in court for a preliminary hearing.

It was the first time Schaffhausen appeared in the courtroom in person as his initial court appearance two weeks ago was done through a video conference system.

Schaffhausen sat silently, never saying a word, even to his attorney, during the entire hearing which lasted an hour and a half.

The judge ruled there was enough evidence to go to trial.

Three witnesses testified. Among those: a babysitter who told the court what she saw when Schaffhausen paid a surprise visit to see his daughters at their home in River Falls two weeks ago. She said the children were very happy to see their father.

The babysitter eventually left. Later that day, Schaffhausen called his ex-wife and allegedly said ‘You can come home now. I killed the kids.’ The three girls, Amara, Sophie and Cecilia, were found dead in their bedrooms and their throats had been slit.

Police say they’ve searched the home and his car, but have not found a murder weapon. They’re also looking for Schaffhausen’s computer, which they believe he may have dumped along a road after the murder.

One thing is clear. Prosecutors say they won’t negotiate.

Schaffhausen’s next court appearance will be August 28th for his arraignment. At that time he will enter a plea.

This case may not be resolved for quite a while. The Associated Press reports that the prosecutors say it could be months before the case goes to trial. Schaffhausen remains in custody on a $2 million cash bond.

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