Jury selection begins in Timothy Huber's murder trail
WILLMAR — After one day of jury selection in Kandiyohi County District Court, nine people have been selected as jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Timothy John Huber.
Huber, 47, is charged with first- and second-degree murder for his role in the shooting death of Timothy Larson. The trial is before District Judge Donald M. Spilseth.
The productive day of jury selection had Spilseth advising jurors that they could begin hearing the case Thursday. The court had previously expected the selection process could take most or all of the week. The following two weeks, through May 10, had been scheduled for the trial.
Jury selection continues today.
County Attorney Jenna Fischer and assistant county attorneys Dain Olson and Chris Jensen are prosecuting the case. Huber is represented by public defenders, Stephen Ferrazzano and Carter Greiner.
Huber 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 Larson was killed.
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 him was dismissed.
Timothy Huber faces the possibility of spending the rest of his 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.