A registered sex offender from Windsor Locks, Connecticut, reportedly went to a local police station to confess to stabbing an insurance executive to death as she was jogging on a Simsbury trail in 2014.
William Winters Leverett, 27, walked into Simsbury police headquarters Wednesday night to confess to the murder of 54-year-old Melissa Millan, according to the Hartford Courant. He was arrested and charged with murder on Sunday, police say. Leverett is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Before he was charged, he led police to a hiding spot where he had kept items from the crime scene, law enforcement sources told The Courant. At least one of those items appears to be a glove that Leverett hid inside a barn, Mass Live reported.
In 2015, Simsbury Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen released a news release in which he announced there was “some physical evidence from the crime scene” which would help in identifying a suspect.
Before Leverett walked into the police station, there were no leads in Millan’s murder.
According to Mass Live, Simsbury police Sgt. Scott Sagan wrote in an affidavit that "Mr. Leverett stated that 'something compelled him that he couldn't explain' and that he was "acting beyond his control’” when he saw Millan jogging. "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."
Before killing her, he allegedly admitted to becoming consumed with anxiety thinking that "she's way out of my league,” according to WVIT in West Hartford.
Millan was a senior vice president at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. She’s remembered as a hard worker and a loving mother.
Leverett was convicted of sexual assault on a child in Colorado in 2011, two years before the murder. He is also registered as a sex offender in Connecticut.
"This young man went to the leaders of the church that I had been associated with and he was, and they made a decision after I think a lot of tear and prayer to go to the authorities," Leverett's landlord Brian Durso told WFSB in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
[Photo: Simsbury Police Department]
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