A Minnehaha County jury of seven men and five women has decided that admitted killer James McVay qualifies for the death penalty.
This afternoon the jury finished listening to four days of testimony outlining how McVay snuck into Maybelle Schein's Sioux Falls home in the summer of 2011 and stabbed her to death in an effort to take her car so he could assassinate the president.
The jury decided that McVay's crime was wantonly vile and inhumane and that he committed the crime to gain something of value.
The jury determined those elements existed in McVay's crime and he qualifies for the death penalty and the second phase of the trial begin will begin on Thursday at 9 a.m. in the morning.
Minnehaha County State's Attorney will now begin making the case as to why McVay should be executed. He anticipates that it will take a half day to present his case. McVay's attorneys will then present what is called mitigating evidence as they argue against execution.
The jury began deliberation at 2:10 p.m. and reached a verdict by 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.