Minnehaha County attorneys are starting to whittle down the jury pool in the death penalty case of James McVay.
McVay pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing 75-year-old Maybelle Schein as part of a plot to assassinate the president in the summer of 2011. He is now facing the death penalty.
Thursday morning, Judge Peter Lieberman said he expects to have the jury selected by early next week and hold opening arguments in the case Wednesday.
Attorneys want to seat 15 jurors so they have three alternates. Those jurors will ultimately decide if McVay is executed for his crime.