Defense Witness Testifies That Schaffhausen Is Insane

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 7:44 am

Tuesday was another day of testimony in the insanity trial of Aaron Schaffhausen. A defense mental health expert said the a man who admitted killing his three young daughters in western Wisconsin was not legally responsible for their deaths.

The Associated Press reports that psychologist J. Reid Meloy testified Tuesday at Aaron Schaffhausen’s insanity trial in St. Croix County.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Meloy interviewed Schaffhausen for more than 10 hours over two sessions. He told the court that the 35-year-old met the requirements of legal insanity.

His testimony follows testimony Monday by Dr. Ralph Baker, a court-appointed psychiatrist, who found Schaffhausen was legally sane when he killed the girls in their River Falls home on July 10.

Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty to killing 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia, but maintains a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

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