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No insanity plea for Schaffhausen
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A man accused in the murder of his three daughters last summer did not meet the court's deadline for entering a not guilty by reason of insanity plea Friday.


Public defender John Kuscinski said his client, Aaron Schaffhausen would most likely appear in court next at a scheduled hearing in January.

Earlier in the proceedings, Judge Howard W. Cameron had set a Dec. 14 deadline for Schaffhausen to enter an insanity plea. However Kucinski said he has not received all the evidence from the case necessary to make a decision of any kind.

"I haven't received any scientific evidence, no trace to this point," Kucinski said Friday.

Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, Minot, N.D., is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in deaths of Amara 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, in their River Falls home July 10.

A former Hudson public defender, Gary Freyberg, now an assistant Wisconsin attorney general is prosecuting the case along with assistant district attorney Amber Hahn.

Schaffhausen, who is being held in the St. Croix County Jail on $2 million bond, is next due in court Jan. 17 for a motion hearing.

Jon Echternacht
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