Posted Friday, July 26, 2013 --- 5:06 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A judge has ruled statements made by a man who admitted killing an elderly Sioux Falls woman can be heard by the jury that will decide whether he lives or dies.
Forty-three-year-old James McVay has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in the July 2011 stabbing death of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. A jury will decide whether he gets life in prison or the death sentence.
His attorneys argued statements he made after his arrest in Madison, Wis., should be thrown out because McVay was in a drug-induced psychosis.
The Argus Leader reports that Circuit Judge Peter Lieberman ruled that McVay's comments are admissible.
McVay told investigators and a television reporter he killed Schein and stole her car as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama.
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