New twist in 'Starry Night' story
Convicted Portland murderer Larry Hurwitz claimed he was working for a Salem company started by another former convict when he was arrested on drug and illegal money charges in California on June 27.
Magnus Production was started by Corey Brook Wolfer, who served time in prison for his role in an assault, kidnapping and robbery case in Klamath Falls in 1999. Wolfer was in the car with Hurwitz that was stopped for a traffic infraction by an officer with the Huntington Beach Police Department. A search of the car uncovered 4.4 pounds of cocaine and $328,000 in cash.
Hurwitz is still in jail in California on the charges. According to the police report obtained by the Portland Tribune, Hurwitz claimed the money was his, but said he did not know anything about the cocaine. Wolfer was not arrested after saying he did not know anything about either the money or the cocaine.
Wolfer refused to talk to the Portland Tribune about Hurwitz when this reporter visited the Salem house listed as the business location on the morning of Aug. 7.
"I really don't have anything to say. I'll leave it at that," Wolfer said from behind a locked steel front screen door at the two-story house, which is located in a quiet North Salem neighborhood not far from Chemeketa Community College.
Magnus Production was incorporated by Wolfer on Nov. 4, 2016. An unrelated business directory website says the company "primarily operates in the Motion Picture and Tape Distribution business/industry within the Motion Pictures sector." The website says the company is estimated to generate $40,553 in annual revenues, and employs approximately three people at its Salem address.
Multnomah County does not prohibit parolees from working for convicted felons.
The California arrest
According to the arrest report, Hurwitz originally was pulled over for talking on a cell phone while driving. The officer then noticed the vehicle registration tags were expired. Hurwitz appeared very nervous when first questioned inside the car by the officer.
"During my conversation with both occupants they displayed nervous behavior. HURWITZ repeated nearly every question l asked before taking a few moments to answer my question, Additionally, HURWITZ avoided eye contact with me, constantly shook his legs, made fidgety movements with his fingers and spoke so quickly at times his speech was unintelligible. As I spoke with the subjects further, HURWlTZ became increasingly more nervous, l observed beads of sweat forming on his upper lip and his mouth was dry," the report said.
The officer noticed three grocery bags in the back seat. A large quantity of cash was visible in one of them. He also smellled burnt marijuana in the car.
After a K-9 unit arrived to support the stop, Hurwitz and Wolfer were asked to exit the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed the cocaine in one of the bags. Both the money and drugs were confiscated.
When he was interviewed, Hurwitz said he had been working for Magnus Production for two years for $1,500 a month. Wolfer told police Magnus Production was out of business, however. Wolfer said he was accompanying Hurwitz on a trip to San Diego because he was "going through issues with his wife."
In the report, Hurwitz claimed the cash was money he had saved during the 1990s and pulled out of a Merrill Lynch investment account. Hurwitz admitted he might not have any documentation on the withdrawal.
Hurwitz was convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1998 after the IRS accused him of buying $303,900 in silver that was not reported on his 1990 taxes.
At one point during the interview, Hurwitz seemed to understand the trouble he was in.
"HURWITZ spontaneously stated "I cannot say anything because I'm going to jail and my life is screwed."
Hurwitz, Wolfer both convicted felons
Hurwitz, the former owner of the Starry Night rock club in Old Town, was convicted of killing his promotion director, Tim Moreau, in 1990. Although Hurwitz finished serving his sentence in 2008, he is still on post-release supervision out of Multnomah County. Hurwitz told the county that he was most recently employed by Magnus Production.
After Hurwitz was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing Moreau in 2000, the victim's parents, Mike and Penny Moreau, filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit against him. Hurwitz settled the suit for $3 million, but has only been making small quarterly payments. In the arrest report, Hurwitz said he's had the cash since the 1990s.
When the Moreaus learned Hurwitz had been arrested with such a large amount of cash, their attorney filed a writ of garnishment against Magnus Promotions in Marion County Circuit Court. The company responded that it does not employ Hurwitz, and that it is "no longer operational" and "no longer has a location."
According to Klamath County Circuit Court records, Wolfer was 17 years old when he and three other men assaulted, kidnapped and robbed another man on April 1, 1999. They beat the victim with a fire extinguisher and a bamboo stick, then drove him to another location in critical condition. They also stole eight of his firearms.
The four men were quickly caught after one of them was apprehended by the California State Highway Patrol just a few hours later. Wolfer was charged with multiple crimes, ranging from attempted murder to assault, robbery, burglary, theft and conspiracy. After Wolfer agreed to testify against the other defendants, he was allowed to plead guilty to a number of assault and theft charges. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison and 36 months of post-release supervision.
In the arrest report, Hurwitz and Wolfer both say they have know each other for said he has known Wolfer for about 10 years. It is unclear where they first met. Their sentences in the Oregon prison system overlapped, however.
Hurwitz is still in jail in California. He has not been granted bail and Multnomah County has issued a warrant for his arrest if he is released. Hurwitz waived his rights at a preliminary hearing in Orange County Superior Court on Thursday, Aug. 8. His attorney could still move to suppress the evidence seized during the stop.
You can read previous stories about the murder of Tim Moreau, including a never-before-published summary and timeline of the case here.
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