Judge Won’t Allow Schaffhausen Trial To Move

Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 7:23 am

A judge won’t move the trial for the North Dakota man accused of killing his daughters out of St. Croix County.

Aaron Schaffhausen’s public defender had asked Judge Howard Cameron for a change of venue. The Associated Press reports that Judge Cameron denied the request on Thursday. The judge said he believed a fair and impartial jury could be drawn from within the county.

Schaffhausen faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in connection with the deaths of his daughters, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. Police in July discovered all three girls tucked into their beds in their River Falls home with their throats slit.

Schaffhausen has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His trial is set for April.

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