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McVay Told Police In 2011 He Wants To Be Executed

April 3, 2014, 5:22 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

McVay Told Police In 2011 He Wants To Be Executed
James McVay In Dane County, WI Jail In July 2011


The day after he killed 75-year-old Maybelle Schein James McVay told a Sioux Falls Police detective that he wants the death penalty. McVay also detailed how he killed Schein in a two-hour video played for a Minnehaha County jury Thursday.

McVay recalled how he walked away from a South Dakota Department of Corrections transitional program, stole the items from Walmart that he needed for his planned killing spree, and then slept under a bridge near Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls after drinking whiskey and popping cold medicine. When he woke up on July second he said Satan told him to start killing.

"As the sun rose I looked across the way and saw a morning star and I said ‘Lucifer, I'm on a mission for the devil,’" McVay said during the 2011 interview. "I said father show me the way and no sooner than I said that I walked around the corner and I saw (Schein's) garage door open."

McVay said he stabbed Schein, took money out of her purse, found the keys in her car, and drove toward Madison, Wisconsin where he planned to kill again in order to get another car and guns. But McVay said he didn't have to murder Schein because she was sleeping. He said he did it to get "blood on his hands."

"I didn't have to do what I did. I saw her purse I could have gotten her keys and just left. I wanted to kill her," McVay said.

McVay was pulled over in Madison, Wisconsin later that day after authorities tracked him through Schein's OnStar system. Sioux Falls Police detectives showed up the next day and McVay told them he wanted to die for the crime.

"I hope you give me the death sentence. That will make it easier for me," McVay said during the 2011 interview.

Defense attorneys pointed out that McVay admitted to smoking crack and drinking alcohol before his arrest in Madison. Even it took place 24 hours later McVay's attorneys say there's no way to know whether those were completely out of his system when he talked to police.

Jurors will be given a two day break and the sentencing trial will resume Tuesday morning.

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