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July 31, 2014

Schaffhausen’s attorney wants state health workers to stay away

The lawyer for Aaron Schaffhausen, accused of killing his three young daughters at their River Falls home in July, is asking the court to keep state mental health workers away from his cell. The Star Tribune reports repeated visits from a health worker violate Schaffhausen’s constitutional rights and could hurt their insanity defense.

The St. Croix County attorney representing the sheriff’s office tells the newspaper the visits are because Schaffhausen is on suicide watch and to do otherwise puts the county at risk of a lawsuit.

A not guilty plea was entered by a judge on behalf of Schaffhausen after he declined to enter a plea.