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Jury: Hudson, Wis., dad responsible in killing 3 daughters

Aaron Schaffhausen makes his way out of the St. Croix County Courtroom, Friday, April 12, 2013 in Hudson, Wis. Jurors at the insanity trial of Schaffhausen, a man who admitted killing his three young daughters viewed graphic photos Friday of the Wisconsin scene where the children's bodies were found. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — Jurors in western Wisconsin say a father had a mental defect but is still responsible for killing his three young daughters last July.

Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty last month to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. But he argued he was not responsible because of a mental illness.

Jurors deliberated for about 3½ hours before reaching their verdict.

During closing arguments Tuesday, prosecutor Gary Freyberg said Schaffhausen was in control of his actions and was a mean, callous person — but not legally insane.

Defense attorney John Kucinski argued Schaffhausen has a rare mental disorder, rooted in a deep dependency on his ex-wife.

The jury found he had the capacity to know what he did was wrong.

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