Posted at: 04/16/2013 6:17 PM
By: AMY FORLITI, Associated Press
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - Jurors in western Wisconsin say a father had a mental defect but is still responsible for killing his three young daughters last July.
Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty last month to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. But he argued he was not responsible because of a mental illness.
Jurors deliberated for about 3½ hours before reaching their verdict.
During closing arguments Tuesday, prosecutor Gary Freyberg said Schaffhausen was in control of his actions and was a mean, callous person - but not legally insane.
Defense attorney John Kucinski argued Schaffhausen has a rare mental disorder, rooted in a deep dependency on his ex-wife.
The jury found he had the capacity to know what he did was wrong.
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