October 15, 2022 — The Detroit attorney who authorities believe placed the murder contract on Dan (Hutch the Jeweler) Hutchinson’s head attempted to get Hutchinson and his wife to invest $2,000,000 in a movie project starring an Oscar winner and another Academy Award nominee, per sources. Hutchingson turned down the offer and was dead months later.
Motown’s jeweler to the stars was gunned down behind the wheel of his GMC Yukon Denali on the afternoon of June 3 outside a pawn shop he recently purchased in Oak Park, Michigan, less than a mile from his trendy jewelry store and the Detroit city limits. Hutchinson’s wife, Marissa, was in the vehicle’s passenger’s seat and unharmed in the attack.
Last month, Fox2 TV in Detroit reported that an unnamed local lawyer ordered the 47-year old Hutchinson’s murder in a plot to steal his estate via a fraudulently drafted will and trust. Three of the attorney’s alleged co-conspirators have been charged in the Hutch the Jeweler homicide, but the attorney himself has yet to be indicted. “Precious” Roy Larry was arrested at the scene. His cousin Darnell and Angelo Raptoplous were indicted in September. Raptoplous allegedly acted as his go-between with the Larrys, per sources familiar with the state’s theory in the crime (it should be noted that Raptoplous has no prior criminal record). All three have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail pending trial.
Back in the early spring, the attorney approached the Hutchinsons for a multi-million dollar investment to go towards an upcoming Hollywood horror film, called Skeletons in the Closet, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard. The movie was shot earlier this year.
The lawyer in question has a cameo in the film, and per civil-court documents, a track record as a con man. According to sources, he went to the Hutchinsons in the middle of the shoot when the producers were running out of money.
Gooding, Jr. won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jerry Maguire (1996). Howard earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the 2006 movie Hustle & Flow.
Over the past three decades, Hutch’s Jewelry Store has become known for outfitting Detroit’s rich and famous — most prominently, the area’s rapper and athlete crowd — in customed-made diamond-studded chains, Cartier eyeglasses, rings, bracelets and Olde English D pendants. The business was started by Hutchinson’s parents at the now-shuttered Northland
A number of out-of-state celebrities became dedicated customers of Hutch the Jeweler’s and often showed off his custom-made pieces on their social media accounts. Best-selling Miami rapper Rick Ross is one of the jewelry store’s most loyal patrons.