Levi Axtell murdered Lawrence Scully: Deputies

Levi Axtell (pictured here) beat Lawrence Scully to death with a shovel and moose antler, authorities said. (Mugshot: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

A man admitted he beat an elderly sex offender to death, according to deputies in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Levi Axtell, 27, is in the local jail for second-degree murder, records show. Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen confirmed that victim Lawrence V. Scully, 77, was convicted in 1979 of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl, according to The Minnesota Star Tribune. Axtell reportedly accused Scully in 2018 of stalking his toddler daughter.

Authorities claim in a complaint that a caller described seeing a minivan pull into Scully’s driveway and the driver ran inside the home. The caller claimed to hear screaming. The van left.

Axtell, intoxicated and covered in blood, soon after arrived at the sheriff’s office in this van, got on his knees, put his hands on his head, and admitted he murdered Scully with a shovel, authorities claimed. He allegedly demanded they handcuff him because he was otherwise going to hurt someone else.

Axtell allegedly admitted he took a shovel off the deck, struck Scully 15 to 20 times, and “finished him off” with several more strikes from a large moose antler.

A deputy found Scully “obviously dead from the nature of his head wounds” at the home, authorities said.

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