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  • Updated: February 13, 2024

Murder Trial: Michigan jeweler unveils new shocking allegations

Murder Trial:  Michigan jeweler unveils new shocking allegat

The trial concerning the murder of high-profile jeweler Dan Hutchinson in Michigan has unveiled shocking allegations of mob ties and a deep conspiracy to steal the victim’s estate, implicating five co-conspirators.

Dan Hutchinson, owner of "The Hutch" in Oak Park, Michigan, was fatally shot on June 1, 2022, when a suspect on an electric bike opened fire on his SUV, according to a complaint filed with the Oakland County court.

The case has since revealed a web of intrigue involving multiple defendants.

The most recent addition to the case, Phillip Sumpter, 59, was brought into the fold in November 2023, with his involvement only surfacing when reported by the Oakland Press.

“Phillip Sumpter was arrested in the Columbus, Ohio area in late October and extradited back to Michigan to face conspiracy to commit murder involving the Daniel Hutchinson murder," Oak Park Public Safety Lt. Marlon Benson told the Oakland Press. 

The trial has exposed explosive allegations, including claims that Marco Bisbikis, a 38-year-old lawyer, had ties to the mafia.

Darnell Larry, one of the defendants, alleged that Bisbikis, purportedly a ranking mafia member, orchestrated the Hutchinsons' murder under mafia orders.

Larry claimed that mafia figures in New York put out a $200,000 murder contract for the Hutchinsons, with him and mutual contact Raptoplous each taking $50,000 for the job "if everything went well," while his cousin, who allegedly carried out the murder, would receive a Chevrolet Camaro.

Bisbikis now faces multiple charges, including two counts of homicide, assault with intent to murder, and weapon offenses. The trial has further revealed how he allegedly manipulated the Hutchinsons' finances, ultimately leading to their tragic demise.

Marisa Hutchinson, Dan's wife, testified about their financial dealings with Bisbikis, describing how he handled their money and convinced them to invest in various ventures. Bisbikis, according to Marisa, convinced them to bring significant sums of money to his office under the guise of investing in real estate, only to discover that their investments were misappropriated.

The Hutchinsons entrusted Bisbikis with $2.1 million, expecting him to match the investment and provide returns.

However, they later learned that Bisbikis had only invested a fraction of their money and failed to deliver on his promises.

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