Defense wants to suppress Schaffhausen statements

Published On: Dec 04 2012 04:38:27 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 04 2012 04:38:00 AM CST
Aaron Schaffhausen
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -

Defense attorneys want to suppress statements made by the father accused of killing his three young daughters at their western Wisconsin home.

Aaron Schaffhausen was back in St. Croix County Circuit Court Monday. The defense is trying to suppress Schaffhausen's statements in the case, based on Miranda warning questions and the voluntary nature of anything said or indicated after he turned himself in.

The 35-year-old carpenter from Minot, N.D., is accused of killing 5-year-old Cecilia, 8-year-old Sophie and 11-year-old Amara Schaffhausen at their home in River Falls last July during a visit with his daughters.

The Star Tribune reports Schaffhausen, clad in orange jail garb, sat quietly through the hearing, whispering a couple times with a defense investigator while his attorney questioned witnesses.