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Not guilty plea entered for Schaffhausen after he stands mute in court

The man accused of killing his three daughters in their River Falls home last month declined to enter a plea at his court appearance Tuesday. A judge then entered a not guilty plea on Aaron Schaffhausen's behalf. The move was somewhat surprising, since prosecutors had expected Schaffhausen to plead not guilty by reason of mental deficiency.
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The man accused of killing his three daughters in their River Falls home last month declined to enter a plea at his court appearance Tuesday. A judge then entered a not guilty plea on Aaron Schaffhausen's behalf. The move was somewhat surprising, since prosecutors had expected Schaffhausen to plead not guilty by reason of mental deficiency.

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