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Madison cop testifies in death penalty trial for James McVay

SIOUX FALLS, SD (WTAQ) - A Madison police officer testified Wednesday at the trial of James McVay in Sioux Falls South Dakota.  

The 43-year-old McVay faces the death penalty for killing a woman in 2011, stealing her car, and driving to Washington to kill the president when he was stopped in Wisconsin. He has pleaded guilty but insane.  

Madison officer Kipp Hartman told jurors he was trying to get the driver to reveal his name when McVay said he, "killed a little old lady" in South Dakota and was taking her car to Washington to kill President Obama.  

Prosecutors said 75-year-old Maybelle Schein was stabbed nine times, and she cried for help before she died 16 seconds after the final blow. Police used the stolen car's tracking device to locate McVay on Interstate 90 near Madison. He was arrested there after a short chase.  

His public defender told jurors that McVay has a history of mental illness, and his life should be spared.

Prosecutors said they have enough proof to justify a death sentence. They said McVay intended to steal her car after killing her.

Authorities said he walked away from a minimum security lockup just before the slaying. He was in prison for grand theft.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)