Closing Arguments in Schaffhausen Case

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Apr 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - A defense attorney for a western Wisconsin man who has admitted to killing his three young daughters says his client has a mental disease and should go to a psychiatric institution _ not prison.

Jurors are weighing whether Aaron Schaffhausen was legally sane when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia in their River Falls home last July.

During closing arguments Tuesday, defense attorney John Kucinski said the slayings were ''psychogenetic killings'' that arose from Schaffhausen's mental disease, triggered by a loss of his wife and children through divorce. He says Schaffhausen suffers from a rare disorder, rooted in a deep dependency on his wife.


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