Second man charged in Shakopee killing over limo service

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2013 - 1:14 PM

Brooks E. Kurr of Annandale, a friend of the man accused of pulling the trigger, was allegedly upset because he was fired from his job as a limo driver.

A second person was charged Wednesday in Scott County District Court in connection with the Oct. 22 shooting death of Aaron Moran, 32, at his Shakopee home.

Brooks E. Kurr of Annandale faces one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Anthony J. Cox, 21, the alleged gunman who told police that he and Kurr were friends, was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder.

Kurr, 36, was a driver for a limo service in Shakopee and believed that Moran, a dispatcher at Affordable Town Car Service, was keeping limo runs from him, according to the criminal complaint. He knew the victim was keeping a log that detailed when he was late for work and when he didn’t answer his phone, and he blamed Moran when he was fired after a drug test showed methamphetamine use, the complaint said.

It said Kurr even staked out Moran’s house to see if the victim was going on runs that Kurr thought should be his.

“It was common knowledge amongst the employees that there was bad blood between [Kurr] and [Moran],” the complaint said.

Kurr dropped Cox off near Moran’s home in the 800 block of S. Prairie Street the evening of Oct. 22, the document said. Witnesses told police that Cox came in through the unlocked front door with a gun in his hand and demanded money. When Moran walked in, Cox shot him four times, the complaint said.

“Now I only have two bullets left,” Cox told a 15-year-old boy who lived at the house. Cox went through the victim’s pockets, then told the teenager to take him to Moran’s room and to bring Moran’s gun safe to him. Cox is accused of stealing a backpack with ammunition, a video-game system, two cellphones and the victim’s and the teenager’s wallets.

He told the teenager to sit on the couch, close his eyes and count to 120 before he called police. As Cox left, he told the boy, “You don’t recognize me.”

The day after the murder, another employee of the limo service went to police and identified Cox as the man who had robbed his home in Shakopee at gunpoint on Oct. 8.

Investigators tracked Cox through his cellphone and arrested him Saturday about two blocks from Moran’s home. The complaint said Cox was carrying the backpack he had stolen from Moran’s home. He ultimately confessed to killing Moran and to robbing the other limo service employee, the complaint said.

Kurr was arrested Sunday in the parking lot of a Bloomington Wal-Mart. Officers found the video-game system stolen from Moran’s home in his car.

Kurr and Cox are being held in the Scott County Jail. Kurr has a bail hearing at 11 a.m. Thursday; Cox is being held on $3 million bail and has a court appearance Friday.

 

Pat Pheifer • 952-746-3284

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