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Schaffhausen to be examined by two state-appointed health experts

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A judge has ordered Aaron Schaffhausen to undergo two psychiatric evaluations by state-appointed experts before his trial begins April 1, WCCO reports.

Schaffhausen, 35, faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted arson in the killings of his three young daughters, ages 5, 8 and 11, in River Falls last summer.

The River Falls Journal reports Schaffhausen was already examined by a mental health expert hired by his attorney and will be examined by another appointed by the court, likely in the next week.

Last month, Schaffhausen's attorney was ordered to give prosecutors copies of the defense's mental health reports.

The judge is allowing the state to have two separate experts examine him.

Schaffhausen pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in mid-January.

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