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Defense rests in Schaffhausen case



HUDSON (WKOW) -- A father who admitted to killing his three daughters in western Wisconsin will not testify at his insanity trial.

The defense in the case has rested in St. Croix County Circuit Court.  Jurors will decide whether Aaron Schaffhausen is legally responsible for his daughters' deaths or whether his mental state means he's not guilty due to his disease, and therefore be institutionalized.


The prosecution and defense have both provided psychiatric testimony on Schaffhausen's mental state.  A psychologist for the defense testified Tuesday, stating Schaffhausen meets the requirements of legal insanity.

Monday, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified he found Schaffhausen legally sane when he killed the girls, ages 5, 8 and 11, in their River Falls home July 10.

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