Prosecutions rests in McVay death penalty proceedings
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The prosecution has rested in the death penalty trial of a man who killed a South Dakota hospice nurse in her Sioux Falls home.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 43-year-old James McVay, who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder for the 2011 stabbing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of a plot to drive to Washington and assassinate President Barack Obama. He got as far as Wisconsin before being arrested.
Defense attorney Amber Eggert says McVay has a history of mental illness and his life should be spared, with a sentence of life in prison without parole.
The sentencing trial is to resume Tuesday. McVay has not indicated whether he will testify in his own defense.