Jurors see video of Tim Huber interview, scene of fatal shooting
WILLMAR — Jurors in the murder trial of Timothy Huber heard testimony this morning from several Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office deputies and viewed two videos, including a recording of Huber’s first interview with a sheriff’s detective, where he claimed he had nothing to do with his father shooting and killing Timothy Larson.
Timothy Huber, 47, of rural Paynesville, is standing trial on first- and second-degree murder charges in the case. He and his father, Delbert Huber, were indicted on the charges for killing Larson, 43, on Oct. 8, 2011, after a confrontation over allegedly stolen money and tractor parts and alleged vandalism of the Hubers’ farm tractors. Delbert Huber, 82, is already serving the maximum sentence of 367 months in prison for second-degree murder, to which he pleaded guilty in August.
Four Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies responded to Delbert Huber’s 911 call that he had shot and killed someone, gathering and making a quick response plan at the Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Belgrade before they traveled in a convoy to the Norman Larson place, just east and north of the church, according to testimony from Sgt. Steve Marquardt. Marquardt led the convoy of squad cars onto the Larson place, he said. The deputies responded with their long guns drawn and found the Hubers standing near a vehicle.
Prosecutors played a 10-second video clip, which shows the Hubers moving about instead of standing still with their hands up for the arriving officers. Marquardt said he had to repeat his commands to the men as they seemed confused and appeared to not understand his orders to stand still and keep their hands up.
Tim Huber’s first interview with law enforcement, conducted around 8:30 p.m. that evening by Detective Kent Bauman, included Huber’s statements that Tim Larson had “gang members” coming to get him and his father and that Delbert Huber “had no choice to defend himself” during the shooting.
When questioned about whether or not Tim Larson had a gun, Huber said that he was not close enough to see and that Larson and his father were fist-fighting and things were happening very fast.
“It was just instant, instant, instant moves,” Huber said in the video to Bauman’s questions about where Tim Larson, Delbert Huber and the gun were in relation to each other as the altercation started and escalated.
Huber also said in the interview that he saw the gun Delbert Huber had placed in the trunk of their vehicle before they drove from their rural Paynesville residence to the Norman Larson place and that Delbert Huber had him stop the vehicle along the road before they when onto the Larson place before the shooting.
The trial continues this afternoon and is expected to last about two weeks before District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court. County Attorney Jenna Fischer and assistant county attorneys Dain Olson and Chris Jensen are prosecuting the case. Huber is represented by two public defenders, Stephen Ferrazzano and Carter Greiner.