April 25, 2014

Schaffhausen jury selected

Jury selection is complete in the civil trial of a man who has admitted to murdering his three daughters in their River Falls home. A jury of six men and nine women will sit on the jury, with three serving as alternates.

35-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen last week pleaded guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal stabbings of the three young girls last July. It will be up to the jury to decide what his mental state was at the time of the crime. If the jury rules he was insane, he could be committed to a psychiatric facility. If the jury rejects the insanity claim, Schaffhausen could face life in prison.

Opening statements in the case will begin Tuesday morning in St. Croix County court. The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.

Larry Lee, WSAU