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Friends, Family Of Maybelle Schein Respond To McVay Verdict

April 14, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Friends, Family Of Maybelle Schein Respond To McVay Verdict
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Days of gruesome testimony led a 12-member jury to agree that James McVay will receive the death penalty for the murder of Maybelle Schein. It was a result her brother had been waiting to hear.

"It's pretty hard to contain yourself at that moment, but we did as the judge directed, to stay as civil as you could be and no outbursts, so that's what we did," Schein's brother, Stan Fetters, said.

Both he and Schein's best friend, Marge Anderson, testified against McVay and were there to hear the verdict.

"She was a great woman. She was my best friend since 4th grade and like a sister. I'll remember her this way because I took this picture," Anderson said.

It was a picture of Schein with her two dogs, smiling for everyone to see, especially the jury. It would be the last image they saw before being sent away to decide McVay's fate.

"It was the way she lived, always have fun and doing things for people. It was just Maybelle," Fetters said.

Anderson and Fetters each have a long list of memories to keep Schein in their hearts forever.

"She was fun, she was giving. She gave so much to society, and it's a crime that she couldn't continue to do what she was doing," Anderson said.

They both feel justice has now been served and were quick to thank everyone who contributed to the case, but even though it was the disturbing details of her murder that led to this verdict, they hope those images are not what sticks in people's minds.

"She was a contributor to society, she had so many friends, she was a role model to her family, she was just a great gal and I hope everybody will remember her that way," Anderson said.

She hopes that Schein is remembered like she looks in the picture she will never let out of her sight.

Anderson says that the decision to sentence McVay to death should make others feel safer knowing they will not have to suffer the same fate as Schein.

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