RIVER FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - A judge ordered prosecutors Thursday to give copies of sensitive evidence to the defense lawyers for the man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls.
The state Justice Department did not want Aaron Schaffhausen’s defense team to have the materials – including photos of the crime scene – for fear that they’d be made public.
Assistant attorney general Gary Freyberg called the evidence “extremely graphic” and “extremely personal.”
Judge Howard Cameron said the defense lawyers would get copies of the state’s evidence – but they cannot be given to Schaffhausen or disseminated to others.
The issue was debated for about an hour in St. Croix County Circuit Court, while Schaffhausen quietly looked on.
He’s accused of stabbing and slashing 11-year-old Arama Schaffhausen, 8-year-old Sophia, and 5-year-old Cecilia at their mother’s home in River Falls on July 10th. That was after his ex-wife gave him permission to see the youngsters alone.
Schaffhausen is due back in court November 21st.
The case continues to proceed while Schaffhausen asks a state appeals court to stop having a sheriff’s mental health professional visit his jail cell three days a week. His lawyers say the sheriff is trying to bait Schaffhausen into telling the counselor something that can later be used against him in court.