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Jury hears 9-1-1 call in triple-murder case

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A mugshot of Aaron Schaffhausen (Reuters)
A mugshot of Aaron Schaffhausen (Reuters)

UNDATED (WSAU)  The jury in the Aaron Schaffhausen sanity trial heard an emotional 9-1-1 call yesterday from the mother of the three children that her ex-husband admitted killing. A distraught Jessica Schaffhausen was driving home from work in River Falls last July, when she told a dispatcher that Aaron had just called her and said he killed their kids. She said she hoped he was only doing it to torture her, and she wanted to know if the girls were still alive.

Police officers entered the home during the 9-1-1 call, but the dispatcher didn’t know at the time if the three girls were dead. They were.

The 35-year-old Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty to homicide and attempted arson, and the trial will determine if he was sane at the time. Depending on the jury’s verdict, Schaffhausen will either go to prison for life, or a mental institution with a chance of being released someday.

Attorneys on both sides gave their opening arguments before the testimony began. The state said Schaffhausen planned the killings, and he was obsessed about his ex-wife as he called her up to 40-times a day after they were divorced. The defense says Schaffhausen suffers from a rare psychological condition that caused him to go out of control in the months before he killed his daughters.

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