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