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SF Woman First Victim In Planned Crime Spree

July 5, 2011, 5:25 PM by David Brown
Updated: July 6, 2011, 2:42 PM

SF Woman First Victim In Planned Crime Spree
Maybelle Schein

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Sioux Falls Police have officially filed murder charges for a weekend homicide, and we're learning more about the suspect's disturbing motives.

75-year-old Maybelle Schein was found Saturday afternoon with cuts on her throat. Her car was also stolen and authorities tracked down the driver, 41-year-old former prison inmate James McVay, in Madison, Wisconsin.

During a search of the stolen car, McVay made unsolicited comments to Madison Police that he "killed an old lady." After being read his Miranda rights, he waived them and talked about a much more sinister plot.

McVay was paroled on Thursday. As part of his parole, he moved into Unit C at the South Dakota State Penitentiary to take part in the Community Transition Program, which helps integrate parolees back into society. But McVay wanted no part of that.

According to Tuesday's arrest warrant affidavit, he had much bigger plans. He wanted to travel to Washington, D.C., to kill President Barack Obama. His plan was to kill someone in Sioux Falls, steal their vehicle and then continue the same pattern in Madison, Chicago and Indianapolis before getting to our nation's capital. McVay said, "I'm going to kill and kill until I get him."

McVay's crime spree started in Sioux Falls that Friday.  He walked away from the Community Transition Program and stole items from a local WalMart. On Saturday morning, he located Maybelle Schein's residence on Norie Place and slid under her garage door, which was propped open just a few inches.

Once inside, he entered Schein's bedroom, stood over her until she woke up and used his left hand to hold her on the bed. That's when he attempted to cut her throat, but missed and stabbed her clavicle.

Schein tried to fight back, but McVay kept holding her down and eventually slit the left side of her throat. Schein yelled for help, and McVay determined he needed to cut her larynx. After several more cuts and stabs, Schein was dead.

McVay then stole her 2007 Buick and headed east on Interstate 90. Authorities tracked McVay down using the car's OnStar GPS system, stopping his cross-country crime spree before it could get any farther.

McVay is currently being held in the Dane County, Wisconsin, jail, awaiting an initial court appearance. However, Sioux Falls is attempting to extradite him back to South Dakota.

The following court papers include disturbing details.
McVay Court Papers from Minnehaha County.pdf

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