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Schaffhausen triple murder trial set to begin April 1st

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RIVER FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - A four week trial has been scheduled for next April in the case of Aaron Schaffhausen.

He’s the man accused of stabbing and slashing his 3 young daughters in River Falls on July 10th, and plotting to burn down the home where the girls and their mother live.

The case is proceeding in St. Croix County Circuit Court, while Schaffhausen tries to get an appeals court to stop a sheriff’s mental health expert from visiting his jail cell three days a week.

His lawyers say the sheriff is trying to bait Schaffhausen into telling the counselor something that can be used against him in his trial. That trial is due to begin April 1st, with four other hearings beginning on November 21st.

The 35-year-old Schaffhausen is accused of killing Cecilia, Sophie, and Arama Schaffhausen, ages 5 to 11.

He and his ex-wife were divorced in January, and the mother allowed her ex-husband to see the youngsters alone on the day of the murders.

He’s charged with 3 counts of homicide and one count of attempted arson. 

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