A Minnesota dad turned his aggression onto a convicted sex offender who he thought was stalking his daughter. After accusing the 77-year-old sex offender of targeting his daughter, 27-year-old Levi Axtell used moose antlers and a shovel to bash the sex offender to death. After murdering Lawrence Scully in cold blood, Axtell went to the sheriff’s office covered in blood to turn himself in for killing the sex offender who he thought was stalking his daughter.
Scully had a history of targeting little girls. Back in 1979, he was convicted of molesting a six-year-old girl. Meanwhile, Axtell was very suspicious of Scully because he would observe the 77-year-old sex offender parking his vehicle near locations that had lots of children. When Axtell felt that the sex offender had set his sights on his young daughter, he took matters into his own hands and ended the sex offender’s life in a violent attack.
Axtell, who was from Cook County, Minnesota, did not want his young daughter to become Scully’s next sex victim. He had been wary of the old sex offender for years. Back in 2018, Axtell filed an order of protection against the 77-year-old sex offender. This order of protection was initially granted to Axtell but was later dropped for undisclosed reasons.
In 2020, Scully was committed to a mental institution. He was later released and prescribed anti-psychotic drugs.
On Friday, Axtell was hit with a criminal complaint that described how he murdered Scully in his own apartment. He initially hit the old man with a shovel before “finishing him off” with a large moose antler. At some point during the attack, Axtell allegedly damaged Scully’s vehicle as well.
According to the complaint, Axtell entered Scully’s home at 4:45 pm and picked up a shovel from the victim’s deck that he used to bash the old man fifteen to twenty times. He then finished taking the elderly sex offender’s life by hitting him with a large moose antler that he had picked up at the property.
“Defendant said he had known (Scully) for a long time and believed him to have sexually offended against children in the past,” the criminal complaint states. “Defendant said he had observed (Scully) parked in his vehicle at locations where children were present and believed he would re-offend.”
On Wednesday, a Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy entered Scully’s residence and found the elderly man with a “major head trauma and surrounded by blood.” The deputy added that the old sex offender was “obviously dead” from the attack.
Axtell walked to the sheriff’s office after the murder was covered in blood. He held his head in his hands as he confessed to killing the convicted sex offender.
Scully was a 33-year-old man when he was imprisoned for molesting a six-year-old girl. This occurred in the state of Minnesota back in the 1970s. In 2014, he filed himself as a candidate for mayor of Grand Marais, Minnesota. But by 2018, he faced additional allegations of sexual misconduct against children.