Doctor: Schaffhausen has moderate to severe depression


Two health professionals took the stand in Day 4 of testimony in Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity trial.

Schaffhausen, 35, pleaded guilty to killing his three daughters, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. Now, a jury will determine if he was sane at the time of the murders.

The defense called 13 witnesses Friday, including Dr. Paul McMillan, a River Falls family practice doctor, who saw Schaffhausen four times. In 2011, McMillan determined Schaffhausen had moderate to severe depressive disorder and prescribed the antidepressant Citalopram, or Celexa, which seemed to help.

During cross-examination, McMillan said Schaffhausen did not appear to be suicidal or delusional during evaluations.

A psychological counselor who saw Schaffhausen twice in 2011 testified that he was dealing with anger issues, some directed at his wife.

See WCCO's report below on Friday's proceedings.

During Thursday's testimony, two of Schaffhausen's former co-workers and roommates, Jarrod Kline and Jeremy Michaels, said Schaffhausen would talk about killing his family when they lived in Minot, N.D. in the months leading up to the murders.

Michaels resumed his testimony Friday.

A third former co-worker was called to the stand Friday describing similar threats made by Schaffhausen about killing his children and ex-wife.

Meanwhile, jurors in the case are off for the weekend, but as KSTP reported, they have not been sequestered. They were instructed by the court not to watch any news coverage of the trial, and stay off of Twitter and Facebook.

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