Madison
69° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Advertisement

Prosecutors: Man killed 3 daughters to hurt ex-wife

Published On: Nov 21 2012 03:35:45 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 21 2012 05:29:49 PM CST
HUDSON, Wis. -

Prosecutors said a man killed his three daughters in River Falls last July in order to hurt his ex-wife.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported it's the first time authorities have revealed Aaron Schaffhausen's motive.

Schaffhausen faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. All three girls were found tucked into their beds with their throats slit.

Prosecutors offered the motive at a pretrial hearing Wednesday. Also Wednesday, a judge told Schaffhausen's attorney he has until Dec. 14 to file a motion to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, and until Dec. 28 to request a change of venue.

Schaffhausen faces mandatory life in prison if convicted. The judge could grant him a chance at parole, however.

Advertisement
  • Gaza devastation, woman wailing blurb

    REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

    Gaza: A region destroyed by conflict

    After more than seven weeks of heavy fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to an open-ended ceasefire. Take a look at images of the Gaza Strip, a region now devastated by this conflict.

  • Peter Theo Curtis

    From the Curtis Family

    Americans detained abroad

    American writer and journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who was held captive for nearly two years by Syrian militants Jabhat al-Nusra, returned to the United States Tuesday. Here's a look at other Americans who have been detained abroad. Some are alive. Some are not.

  • Food, dinner, plate generic

    Good food that costs less than $1

    Today is National Banana Lovers Day! Lucky for you, bananas are super healthy. But did you know they're also one of several foods that cost less than $1?

Advertisement