• The Sullivan's house was approached by law enforcement just before 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. BA photo by Melissa Baker
    The Sullivan's house was approached by law enforcement just before 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. BA photo by Melissa Baker
  • Mugshot of Paxton Sullivan. Courtesy of the Breckenridge Police Department
    Mugshot of Paxton Sullivan. Courtesy of the Breckenridge Police Department

Double homicide rocks Breckenridge over weekend, suspect in custody

A Breckenridge man was charged with two counts of capital murder over the weekend, after his parents were found bludgeoned to death by a baseball bat, according to officials. The man was arrested later the same day.

Paxton Sullivan, 28, was found at Boer’s Den near Woodson, Texas where he was arrested by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Breckenridge Police Department. The Texas Rangers have been called in to assist in investigating the incident. Paxton is being held on a $2 million bond.

Mitchel and Terry Sullivan were found deceased a little before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Police went to the residence after it was called in that Terry had not shown up to work that day, and Mitchel was not answering his cell phone, according to a complaint from the Stephens’ County Justice of the Peace.

Originally, Mark Dempsey, Mitchel’s brother-in-law, was the first to arrive at the house. When Dempsey arrived, he saw Paxton, one of their sons, getting into his vehicle to leave.

Dempsey asked Paxton where Paxton’s parents were, to which he said his mother was not feeling well and his father was taking a nap. He left the premise. Dempsey then entered the residence and called the police.

When police entered the premise, they found both Terry and Mitchel deceased and were able to positively identify them, as well as a baseball bat with blood. The complaint states officials were able to tell the cause of death was blunt force trauma consistent with a baseball bat.

Police found Paxton at the Boar’s Den. When they arrived, Paxton walked outside and laid on the ground in a prone position. Paxton has a history of mental health issues, as well as long-time drug use and a record of petty break-ins. He has been under the care of mental health doctors.

Both the Sullivans held key positions and honors within the community of Breckenridge and Stephens County throughout their lives and careers. Mitchel had worked for Stephens County up until his retirement and won Agricultural Citizen of the Year in 2010. Terry was also involved with Stephens County, serving currently as the Chief Appraiser of the Stephens County Tax Appraisal District. She was also a member of the Lions Club and was an active volunteer within the community.

The family’s surviving children include Charlie Cade Sullivan, Kelby Lane Sullivan, Vance Karl Sullivan, Anda Janae Sullivan and Paxton. Texas Rangers who will be carrying out the investigation could not be reached at the time of publishing. The Breckenridge American will update this story with their comments at a later time and will continue to update as new information is learned.

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