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SD man upset over being called "monster" after his arrest near Madison

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

SIOUX FALLS, SD (WTAQ) - A South Dakota man says he’s tired of being called a monster, after he was arrested near Madison last July for killing a nurse and threatening to kill President Obama.

43-year-old James McVay spoke out of turn several times during a court hearing Wednesday in Sioux Falls. He later apologized – but not before accusing prosecutors of cherry picking information to make him look dangerous.

Because of that, McVay said news reporters are, “deciding whether I live or die.”

McVay pleaded guilty by insanity to killing 75-year-old Maybelle Schein at her home last July. He then allegedly stole her car and headed toward Wisconsin.

Prosecutors said McVay planned to kill somebody in Madison, and ambush a police officer to steal a gun. After his arrest, he told police and a TV reporter that he wanted to drive to Washington to kill Obama while he was playing golf.

McVay faces the death penalty for his South Dakota conviction – but a judge is being asked to decide whether it’s an appropriate punishment for a mentally-ill convict.

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