A convicted sex offender walked into a Connecticut church last week and confessed to the brutal 2014 murder of a 54-year-old jogger.
William Leverett, 24, admitted to to members of Open Gate Ministries in Windsor Locks that he fatally stabbed insurance executive Melissa Millan.
“He came to us on Wednesday night and confessed to the homicide,” co-pastor Michael Trazinski told the Hartford Courant, “and we immediately told him, ‘You know what you have to do.’ He said, ‘Yes, I have to turn myself in.’ “
Leverett, in a series of interviews with police, recounted how he killed Millan. He said he had attended a treatment meeting for sex offenders in November 2014 and was looking for human contact when he spotted Millan running a few miles from his home in Windsor Locks.
He said he was attracted to her and went into a “frenzy.”
“Mr. Leverett claimed that he only wanted a chance to speak with her but that ‘something happened’ and the next thing he knew he had stabbed her in the chest with a knife he was carrying,” an arrest warrant affidavit read.
She pushed him away before falling over a guardrail and into the road.
He gave police information that was never released to the public, including what Millan was wearing. DNA testing showed a glove recovered from a barn likely belonged to Millan.
Leverett said he was worried another woman would find out he had been convicted of a sex crime, telling police he was “embarrassed and scared and figured that If I just killed somebody it would make all that go away and I wouldn’t have to explain myself,” according to the Courant.
Millan was a senior vice president at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
“The arrest and arraignment of the suspect brings renewed grief, heartache and the knowledge that justice can never be served for the senseless act that robbed us of Melissa’s beautiful presence,” her family said in a statement.
Leverett was ordered held on $2 million bond during his first court appearance Monday.
Open Gate Ministries co-pastor Colette Trazinski told the Courant that he is “very childlike, very trusting of others.”
“He opened up to us about his life, his past, what he’s gone through,” she told the newspaper. “We never would have expected this.”