An undated photo obtained by Fox affiliate WTIC-TV, shows 54-year old Melissa Millan, who was killed in 2014.
A man broke into a Connecticut church, and acquaintances worshipers that he is the devil who is the life of a Hartford jogger four years ago — a cold case that confounded police.
Michael Trazinski, the pastor of the Open Gate Ministries in East Granby, told ABC News Monday that he and the handful of parishioners with him knew what they had to do after William Leverett told them that he stabbed the mother of two Melissa Millan in 2014.
“Justice had to be done,” Trazinski said of Leverett’s Sept. 19 confession.
So the pastor and two other people took the 27-year-old Leverett the Simsbury Police Department to turn himself in.
“I’m here to turn myself in for the murder on Iron Horse Boulevard nearly four years ago,” he told the police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit released Monday.
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Leverett told the police that he went to the running trail the night of Nov. 20, 2014, looking for “human contact” after attending a treatment meeting for sex offenders, the Hartford Courant reported.
The registered sex offender has been charged with sexually assaulting a child when he lived in Colorado in 2009, and was afraid for a woman he had met would find he was on trial for the crime.
He was “embarrassed and scared and thought that if I just killed someone, that would all go away and I wouldn’t have to explain myself,” he told the police, the report said.
That is when he spotted Millan, 54, jogging on the track at about 8 hours
Leverett was “mentally excited,” he said, but became angry when he realized that “I can’t with her” because “she was way out of my league.”
“I went into a frenzy,” he reportedly told the police.
He approached her in an unlit section of the trail and stabbed her once in the chest, the warrant states. She pushed him away, causing the knife to pull out of her chest, while he was still holding.
Then she fell back on a railing and on a roadway.
“Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” he remembers hearing her say before she fell silent.
Leverett allegedly threw the knife out of his car window in a side street and went back to retrieve it a few days later and threw it in a trash compactor. After the confession, he led the researchers to a bloody glove, DNA that corresponds Millan, the officials said.
The police charged him Sunday and he is being held on $ 2 million bail in Hartford.
After the crime, Leverett said, he wrote a lot of confession of letters to family and friends, but never sent.
Six months after Millan’s death, police said they had no suspects and were searching for leads. An anonymous donor offered a $ 40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. The FBI and the cold case team in the Connecticut chief state attorney’s office became involved in the investigation more than a year ago.
The case seemed stalled until Leverett walked in the church last Wednesday.
Colette Trazinski, a co-pastor, described him as “very childlike, very trusting of others.”
“He opened up to us about his life, his past, what he’s gone through,” she said of their discussions for the last week. “We never would have expected.”
He is scheduled back in court on 9 Oct.
Meanwhile, Millan’s brother released a statement on behalf of the family saying that the arrest “brings renewed grief, sorrow and the knowledge that justice can never be served for the senseless act that robbed us of Melissa’s beautiful appearance.”
“The family, friends and colleagues of Melissa Millan are grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received since Melissa’s death in November 2014. Melissa was a loving mother, a devoted daughter, a witty and compassionate sister, a loyal friend, an intelligent, successful businesswoman and mentor to many,” she said.