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“I don’t know ... I don’t know what I want. I don’t know what I need. I want my girls back. I want a lot of things. Can you give them to me? Then quit offering the world like you have it, like you have the keys.”
When asked again if he wanted an attorney, Schaffhausen replied, “Yes,” ending the interview.
He would become obsessed
Wednesday afternoon, Jessica Schaffhausen walked into a nearly-full courtroom. She calmly answered defense attorney John Kucinski’s questions about the couple’s history.
Aaron had depression when they met in 1999 at Minnesota State University, Mankato, she said, but came out of it and got “very focused on school.” They dated and got married in 2000.
Aaron would become obsessed with things, she said. Once, he decided to bake bread every day and bought a dozen different kinds of flour, she said. He also had periods of depression in their marriage, she said.
They had the three girls by the time Aaron stopped working a construction job in 2008, she said. He took classes at University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 2009, only to drop out in March 2011, but not telling her right away. “He lied to me, broke my trust,” she said.
He wasn’t pulling his weight at home. He played video game for “eight hours or more” and she saw him drink alcohol every day. Meanwhile, she worked full time. She urged him to get help. In the summer of 2011, they talked divorce.
“Things needed to change,” she said.
They separated late that summer and filed for divorce, she said. He stopped talking to their daughters on the phone and called Jessica incessantly “30 times in a row ... he was mad at me ... I didn’t want to stay married to him.”
Jessica Schaffhausen’s testimony was cut short when attorneys argued over what kind of evidence could be presented. Testimony will continue Thursday.
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