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Will Schaffhausen testify? Lawyer considers it as defense wraps up

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As the defense prepares to rest their case in Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity trial, a question looms over Wednesday's proceedings: will Schaffhausen take the stand?

His lawyer is reportedly considering it.

On Tuesday a mental health expert called by the defense testified that Schaffhausen's history of depression combined with a personality disorder made him not legally responsible for killing his three daughters.

The Pioneer Press reports San Diego psychologist J. Reid Meloy interviewed Schaffhausen for 10 1/2 hours over two sessions and determined he was legally insane at the time of the murders.

The insanity trial for Schaffhausen is now in its second week. The father pleaded guilty to killing his three children, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia, last summer at their River Falls home.

It's up to a jury to determine if Schaffhausen was sane at the time.

During Monday's testimony, a court-appointed medical expert said although Schaffhausen suffers from major depression, he was not insane at the time of the killings.

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The father accused of killing his daughters was battling serious depression and had been for some time, and was taking medications, which may have played a role in the killings, Aaron Schaffhausen's public defender John Kucinski said, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports.