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Opening Statements Today in Sisters' Murder Case

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HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - Opening statements are expected to begin in the insanity trial of a man who admitted last week that he killed his three daughters in their River Falls home. 

Thirty-five-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, but he maintains he is not responsible because of a mental illness. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in St. Croix County. 

Prosecutors say Schaffhausen knew what he was doing last July when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. They say he did it because he was angry at his ex-wife.  

If Schaffhausen is found sane, he could go to prison for life. If the jury finds he was not responsible, he could be committed to a psychiatric institution and possibly released someday.

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