Jury To Decide On Death Penalty In Case

Jury To Decide On Death Penalty In Case


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Lawyers have chosen a jury to decide whether a man should get the death penalty for killing a Sioux Falls woman as part of a plot to assassinate the president.

Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday in the case against 43-year-old James McVay.

He pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder for the July 2011 stabbing death of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein.

McVay was arrested in Madison, Wis., and said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of a plot to drive to Washington and assassinate the president.

Ten men and five women will serve as a jury and three alternates.

They’ll decide if McVay qualifies for the death penalty and, if so, whether he deserves to die by lethal injection or spend life in prison.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule


Here's a look at some of this weekend's big sporting events.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: Veteran cast can’t save ‘The Martian’


It has all the earmarks of a blockbuster, but still can't shake the feeling of missed opportunity.

in Sports

This week’s best sports shots


A look at the biggest plays and best moments in sports this week.

in National

Making headlines this week


A look at some of this week's biggest headlines and the newsmakers you may have missed.

in Entertainment

WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu in October


Get your remotes ready for a binge-worthy weekend of new movies and TV shows.