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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
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

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

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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.

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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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