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WI father may change plea in deaths of three daughters

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - A potential plea change for a North Dakota man accused of killing his three daughters in Wisconsin is on hold.

Defense attorney John Kucinski had said Aaron Schaffhausen might change his plea at Wednesday's pretrial hearing. Schaffhausen has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Kucinski said Schaffhausen might admit the killings but maintain an insanity claim. But after prosecutors and defense attorneys met for several hours, St. Croix County Circuit Judge Howard Cameron said the two sides would file briefs on the matter and he set another hearing for Thursday.

The Minot, N.D., construction worker faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July 10 deaths of his daughters, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. His trial starts Monday.

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HUDSON, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The attorney for the father accused of killing his three daughters in Wisconsin says his client may admit to the crimes but maintain an insanity claim.

Defense attorney John Kucinski tells the Star Tribune that Aaron Schaffhausen might change his plea Wednesday and just have an insanity phase of the trial. Schaffhausen will be in court Wednesday for a hearing. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

Schaffhausen faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July deaths of his daughters, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. The sisters were killed at their River Falls home.

In January, Schaffhausen added a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Kucinski would not explain why his client might change his plea.

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