Court upholds conviction that Schaffhausen murdered his 3 daughters


A Wisconsin appellate court has upheld the murder conviction of a man who killed his three daughters at their River Falls home in 2012.

Aaron Schaffhausen, 37, pleaded guilty to killing Amara, 11; Sophie, 8; and Cecilia, 5, but maintained he was insane at the time.

A jury determined he was suffering from a mental disease, but found he knew what he was doing when he killed his daughters. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Schaffhausen appealed, arguing the judge incorrectly told jurors to decide who qualified as expert witnesses and failed to provide expert witnesses' reports to the jury. He also sought a new trial in the interest of justice.

The appellate court rejected these arguments and affirmed his conviction, court documents released Tuesday show.

Meanwhile, the three Schaffhausen sisters are being remembered by a memorial park in River Falls. Construction at the playground began at the end of June, and last week crews began installing some of the playground equipment.

Next Up

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Walz to announce 'sweeping' education plan Monday

The governor will address Minnesota at 2 p.m. Monday.

sun country

Sun Country adds 9 more flights out of MSP Airport

The new additions include large cities and popular outdoor destinations.

Zach Parise

Ghosts of Wild's past force split with Sharks

Brent Burns and Ryan Donato thwarted a comeback attempt by the Wild.

Avante Dickerson

Top-ranked recruit Avante Dickerson decommits from Gopher football

The four-star cornerback was the highest-rated recruit in Minnesota's 2021 class.

u.s. district court minnesota - federal court minneapolis

Limits on in-person court activity extended for 45 days

The statewide order extends current limitations through March 15.

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.


For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.