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Jury To Decide On Death Penalty In Case

Jury To Decide On Death Penalty In Case

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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.

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