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Minnesota Man Admitted He Used Shovel To Attack Elderly Victim, 'Finished Him Off' With Moose Antler: Cops

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Source: Cook County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

Mar. 14 2023, Published 4:44 p.m. ET

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A Minnesota man has been accused of beating a 77-year-old sex offender to death using a shovel and moose antler to stop him from reoffending, authorities said.

Around 4:45 p.m. on March 8, officers responded to a home in Grand Marais about a report of a person possibly killed in an altercation, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Deputies located the victim, Lawrence Scully, suffering from head trauma. He ultimately succumbed to his injuries, officials said.

Shortly after the incident, a blood-covered Levi Axtell, 28, turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office. According to KARE-TV, Axtell “put his hands on his head and said that he had murdered Scully with a shovel.”

Axtell allegedly used the shovel to hit Scully 15 to 20 times and said he “finished him off” with a moose antler, KARE-TV reported.

Axtell said he knew the victim and “believed him to have sexually offended against children in the past,” according to KARE-TV. He claimed to have seen Scully “parked in a vehicle at locations where children were present and believed he would re-offend.”

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Axtell said he also believed Scully parked his van near a daycare center and stalked his 22-month-old daughter as well as other children in 2018, according to KARE-TV.

Axtell was able to obtain an order of protection against Scully at the time, but it was reportedly dismissed a few weeks later.

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Scully was convicted of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child in 1979 and was released from prison in 1982, officials confirmed.

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen spoke with KARE-TV and said Axtell's recent allegations against Scully were unsubstantiated.

Axtell was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 10.


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