DA's office still deciding about seeking death penalty against woman accused of killing new mom, kidnapping her baby

Verna DeAnn McClain allegedly kidnapped Keegan Schuchardt because she wanted to present him as her own baby following a miscarriage

May 23, 2012 11:53:48 AM PDT
The Montgomery County District Attorney's office says it's still deciding if it will seek the death penalty against a woman accused of killing a new mother and kidnapping her newborn.

Verna McClain is accused of gunning down Kala Golden Schuchardt outside a pediatrician's office, then abducting her 3-day-old son back in April. Investigators believe McClain wanted to pass the baby off as her own.

The DA's office says it's going through all the evidence that's been gathered in this case and is almost ready to take it to the grand jury.

"At this point, we're convinced that she acted alone, that no other participants helped her out," said Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam.

The DA's office plans to decide on the death penalty issue in the next couple of weeks. They have 90 days to get the case to grand jury for consideration of an indictment.