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Opening Statements Today In Schaffhausen Trial

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 7:08 am

Opening statements will begin today in the trial of Aaron Schaffhausen.

A jury has been selected to hear the insanity trial of the man, who admitted last week that he killed his three daughters in their River Falls home.

The 35-year old Schaffhausen plead guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, but he maintains he is not responsible because of a mental illness.

Prosecutors say Schaffhausen knew what he was doing last July when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia.

A St. Croix County jury of nine women and six men were picked Monday to hear the case.

If Schaffhausen is found sane, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. If the jury finds he was not responsible, he could be committed to a psychiatric institution and possibly released someday.

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