McVay Wants Murder Confession Thrown Out
by Jill Johnson
July 25, 2013 2:37 PM
It was in July of 2011, that 43-year-old James McVay pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder in the killing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein in Sioux Falls. Before McVay is set to be sentenced,
he appeared in a Minnehaha County Courtroom Thursday.
McVay appeared in court for a motions hearing that is expected to last through Friday. At the hearing,
defense attorneys hope to suppress statements he made to law enforcement because he was high at the time.
After McVay was arrested in Madison, Wisconsin, he admitted to police officers that he escaped from the minimum security unit at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, snuck into Maybelle Schein's home and stabbed her multiple times in her bed, stole her purse and car, in a plot to kill the president in Washington, D.C.
Two of those officers testified Thursday, as well as a lawyer who tried to prevent McVay from speaking to the media in Wisconsin. Audio and video was also shown in the courtroom, where McVay admitted to drinking alcohol and being on PCP at the time of the crime. In the hour-long video, he admitted several times to killing Schein.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty but it will be left up to a jury to decide if McVay is sentenced to death or life in prison.
We'll have more on the hearing tonight on KDLT News.