Dad Accused of Killing Wis. Girls Appears Silent in Court

Updated: 11/21/2012 12:34 PM By: Leslie Dyste

A father accused of killing his three daughters appeared in a Saint Croix County court Wednesday morning for a pre-trial hearing.   

Aaron Schaffhausen walked into the courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit, and was silent during the entire hearing.

The majority of the topics covered were several different motions the attorneys brought before the judge.

Some of the issues at hand were if a deadline needed to be set for the defense for a not guilty by reason of insanity plea.

The public defender said there is no reason to give him that deadline.

Another issue was if statements Schaffhausen made to the River Falls Police Department on the night of the murders can be suppressed.

The judge and both attorneys will watch the tape of that interrogation before the next hearing on Dec. 3.

A third issue was if the media would be allowed to bring cameras into the courtroom during the trial.

Police discovered the bodies of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophia and 5-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen in the River Falls home they shared with their mother in July.

They also found an overturned gasoline can in the basement.
Schaffhausen has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson.

The trial is scheduled for April.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.