SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A jury in Sioux Falls has determined that a man accused of killing a Sioux Falls hospice nurse as part of a plan to assassinate President Barack Obama is eligible for the death penalty.
The sentencing trial of 43-year-old James McVay will now enter a second phase, in which jurors will decide whether McVay dies by lethal injection or gets life in prison without parole.
McVay earlier pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder for the 2011 stabbing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of his plot to drive to Washington, D.C., and kill the president. He was arrested in Wisconsin after a brief chase.
Arguments in the case will continue on Thursday morning.