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Associated Press, Published April 02 2013

Openings set for today in insanity trial for Minot man accused of killing daughters

HUDSON, Wis. — Opening statements are expected to begin today in the insanity trial of a man who admitted last week that he killed his three daughters in their River Falls home.

Thirty-five-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen of Minot, N.D., pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, but he maintains he is not responsible because of a mental illness. Opening statements are scheduled to begin this morning in St. Croix County.

Prosecutors say Schaffhausen knew what he was doing last July when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. They say he did it because he was angry at his ex-wife.

If Schaffhausen is found sane, he could go to prison for life. If the jury finds he was not responsible, he could be committed to a psychiatric institution and possibly released someday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.