Jury selected in Timothy Huber murder trial
WILLMAR — The jury has been selected in the first-degree murder trial of Timothy John Huber in Kandiyohi County District Court.
The 14 jurors, including the 12 required jurors plus two alternates, were selected by 3 p.m. Tuesday. The attorneys will give their opening arguments and testimony will begin on Thursday morning before District Judge Donald M. Spilseth.
Jury selection began Monday. The court had previously expected that the selection process could take most or all of this week, with the following two weeks, through May 10, scheduled for the trial.
County Attorney Jenna Fischer and assistant county attorneys Dain Olson and Chris Jensen are prosecuting the case and Huber is represented by two public defenders, Stephen Ferrazzano and Carter Greiner.
Huber, 47, of Paynesville, and his father, Delbert, were indicted on first- and second-degree murder charges in the case.
Larson, 43, a teacher from Albertville, was killed Oct. 8, 2011, on his father’s rural Belgrade property after a confrontation with the Hubers.
During his August plea hearing in the case,
Delbert Huber admitted that he pointed a loaded 303 British Enfield rifle at Larson and pulled the trigger during the confrontation.
He claimed during his sentencing hearing in September that his son had nothing to do with the shooting and that Timothy Huber was doing farm chores when the killing occurred.
The elder Huber, 82, was sentenced to 367 months in prison, the maximum possible sentence for second-degree murder.
As part of a plea agreement, the first-degree indictment against Delbert Huber was dismissed.
Timothy Huber faces the possibility of spending life in prison, if he is convicted of first-degree murder. He has been held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $1 million bail since the day of the shooting.
According to the state Department of Corrections website, the elder Huber is in the Minnesota Corrections Facility at Faribault.