Selection began Wednesday in a Sioux Falls courtroom for jurors who will decide the fate of confessed killer James McVay. The state is seeking the death penalty for McVay who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder in the July 2011 stabbing death of 75 year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay stole Schein’s car and drove it to Madison, Wisconsin where he was apprehended. McVay later told investigators that Schein’s killing was part of a plot to rob and kill his way to Washington, DC where he would assassinate President Obama.
Sioux Falls Argus-Leader courts and crime reporter John Hult joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the case.