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Andover man appears in St. Croix court over threats at Schaffhausen murder trial

A man who allegedly threatened prosecutors and witnesses during the three-week Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial has appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Joseph A. Rollag, 31, Andover, Minn., was ordered to post $2,500 cash bail April 15 on one felony count of threatening witnesses and misdemeanor charges of possession of a switchblade knife, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.

Rollag pleaded innocent to all counts before Judge Scott Needham and a pre-trial conference was set for May 31.

The criminal complaint alleged on April 5, a psychiatric evaluating nurse told deputies Rollag, who was at the Government Center in Hudson, had made threats to harm prosecutors and witnesses involved in the Schaffhausen trial.

The complaint said Rollag insisted on seeing defense attorney John Kucinski or "bad things would happen," and a deputy noticed a knife in his possession.

The complaint alleged he had told the nurse he had thoughts of harming or killing the prosecutors or other persons at the trial in a telephone conversation from his truck in the Government Center Parking lot.

Schaffhausen was convicted of killing his three young daughters on July 10 in their River Falls home. The trial ended April 16 when a jury rejected his insanity plea.