Convicted Portland murderer remains jailed in California
Convicted Portland murderer Larry Hurwitz remains jailed after being arrested on drug and illegal money charges in California on June 27.
During a brief pre-trial hearing in Orange County Superior Court on July 11, Hurwitz's attorney asked for a continuance and that a bail review hearing also be set for July 25. The only time Hurwitz spoke was to confirm to his lawyer with a simple "yes" that he approved of the proceedings being continued.
The hearing began at around 9:30 a.m. and was over in five minutes. Hurwtiz appeared in a holding cell in the Westminster Courthouse in Westminister, California. He showed no emotion.
Hurwitz was arrested during a traffic stop in Huntington Beach, California. The Portland Tribune has learned he was caught with four pounds of cocaine and over $300,000 in cash, although the police report has not yet been released. He was charged with the sale or transport of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and possession of drug money in excess of $100,000.
Hurwitz has retained a lawyer and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A male passenger who has not been identified was not arrested.
Hurwitz, the former owner of the Starry Night rock club in Old Town, was convicted of killing his promotion director, Tim Moreau, in 1990. Hurwitz was sentenced to only 12 years in prison as the result of a plea bargain agreement, in part because Moreau's body was never found.
Hurwitz is still on supervised parole in Multnomah County as part of his sentence for killing Moreau. He did not have permission to leave the state at the time of his arrest. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said it was aware of the arrest and offered to assist with the prosecution. The county has issued a warrant for Hurwitz's arrest and extradition when his California case is completed.
The Moreau murder case was heavily covered by the Portland news media. Moreau was last seen alive on Jan. 22, 1990, several days after a counterfeit ticket scheme had been discovered at the hall. Police suspected Hurwitz was behind the scheme and killed Moreau to prevent him from revealing what he knew about it. Hurwitz denied knowing where Moreau was, and there was no evidence connecting him to the disappearance.
It took 10 years before another Starry Night employee admitted to helping Hurwitz kill Moreau and bury the body in the Columbia River Gorge. By then, Hurwitz was serving a sentence for federal income tax evasion. He eventually pleaded no contest to the murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2000.
Tim's parents, Mike and Penny Moreau, filed a civil lawsuit against Hurwitz for the murder. He settled it in 2001 by promising to pay them $3 million, but has only been making small quarterly payments.
Moreau is still considered a missing person because his body was never found. As part of National Missing Persons Month, Oregon State Police added three pictures to its Facebook page for Moreau in May 2018.
"We are very grateful that officials in Portland continue to remember Tim and to remind the public that our son's remains have not been found. We appreciate everyone 's interest and support," Mike and Penny Moreau, said at the time.
You can read a previous Portland Tribune story on the case here.
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