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.