In July of 2011, James Vernon McVay slit an elderly South Dakota woman’s throat before stealing her car as part of an alleged plot to kill President Barack Obama. But on Wednesday, McVay complained that he was being misrepresented as “some kind of monster.”
The 43-year-old McVay is facing a possible death sentence for murdering 75-year-old Maybelle Schein before stealing her vehicle from her Sioux Falls, S.D. home. After he was subsequently arrested in Madison, Wis., McVay told both detectives and a television reporter that he stole the car as part of a plan to kill Obama on a golf course.
McVay has told a psychiatrist that, the night before he murdered Schein, he drank cough syrup and alcohol that he had stolen from Wal Mart while praying to Lucifer to give him the courage to kill. He claims that he was still intoxicated when he was caught in Wisconsin.
Appearing in a Sioux Falls courtroom on Wednesday, McVay — who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2012, but claimed mental illness — said that he’s being unfairly portrayed by the media.
“I’m tired of it being conveyed to the public as if I’m some kind of a monster,” McVay said, as quoted by the Argus Leader. “It feels like a joke.”