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July 03, 2011 08:15 AM

Homicide Suspect Was Former Prison Walkaway

Sioux Falls, SD

The man arrested following a homicide in Sioux Falls was a former walkaway from the South Dakota penitentiary.

James McVay was missing from an inmate count at the minimum security unit of the Jameson Annex in May of 2009. Authorities apprehended McVay in North Sioux City. He was serving a sentence for grand theft out of Pennington County.

McVay was arrested Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin following a vehicle pursuit.

Earlier Saturday, police found the body of a 75-year-old woman in her southwest Sioux Falls home. Investigators say she suffered obvious injuries. The woman's car was missing from her home.

McVay hasn't been officially charged in the homicide. He's facing grand theft motor vehicle, eluding and DWI. Police say further charges are expected.

A news release from the Sioux Falls Police Department lists his current address as the South Dakota penitentiary.


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