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Rural Paynesville, Minn., man still doesn't have attorney in murder case against him

WILLMAR -- Delbert Huber, 81, of rural Paynesville, appeared in court this afternoon and reported that he still has not been able to retain an attorney to represent him on a second-degree murder charge for allegedly killing a man earlier this month.

Huber told Judge Kathryn N. Smith that the person holding his power of attorney has been unable to locate the deed to his property, which would allow him to borrow money against the property to secure an attorney.

"I ask for more time so she can find the papers and get things in order to hire an attorney," Huber said.

At Huber's request, Smith delayed his next court hearing to Dec. 5 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Huber and his son, Timothy Huber, both face second-degree murder charges for allegedly shooting and killing Timothy Richard Larson, 43, of Albertville, on Oct. 8 during a dispute in northern Kandiyohi County.

The elder Huber's hearing had been delayed one week, from Oct. 24, to allow him more time to secure an attorney. Huber was again moved into the basement courtroom in a wheelchair pushed by a county corrections officer.

Delbert Huber remains in the Kandiyohi County Jail and is held on $5 million bail.

Timothy Huber also faces a felony charge of aiding an offender. His next court hearing is Dec. 16 and he remains in the county jail on $1 million bail.

According to court records, Delbert Huber is accused of shooting Larson with a 303 British Enfield rifle during a confrontation Oct. 8 over the fact that Larson ordered the Hubers and their farm equipment off farm property owned by Larson's father. Larson was unarmed and was allegedly shot by Delbert Huber while Timothy Huber fed the cattle and chickens at Norman Larson's farm.

According to the complaints against them, the Hubers left Larson's body at the farm along 44th Street Northeast and did not report the killing to law enforcement until more than 12 hours later.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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