Man Confesses to 2014 Murder of Connecticut Jogger

He said he couldn't live with what he done, sources say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2018 2:05 AM CDT
William Winters Leverett.   (Simsbury Police)

(Newser) – Almost four years after insurance exec Melissa Millan was fatally stabbed on a Connecticut jogging trail, a suspect walked into a police station and confessed to the killing, law enforcement sources say. William Winters Leverett, 27, has been charged with murder and will appear in court Monday, police in Simsbury said in a press release. Police sources tell the Hartford Courant that Leverett, who arrived at the station accompanied by members of his church last week, said he could no longer live with what he had done. The sources say Leverett led police to where he had stashed items he had kept from the crime scene after what was apparently a random attack.

Millan, the 54-year-old mother of two children, was stabbed in the chest on a popular hiking trail on the evening of Nov. 20, 2014. Police said six months later, when an anonymous donor offered a $40,000 reward, that they had no suspects. Leverett's landlord, Brian Durso, tells WFSB that Leverett couldn't live with himself any longer. "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 (tears) and prayer to go to the authorities," he says. Leverett is a registered sex offender who was convicted of sexual assault on a child in Colorado in 2011. He moved to Connecticut the same year. (Read more Connecticut stories.)

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