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Delbert Huber omnibus hearing is Monday

WILLMAR -- Delbert Edwin Huber, 81, the rural Paynesville man indicted on first-degree murder charges is scheduled for an omnibus hearing Monday morning before District Judge Michael J. Thompson.

Huber and his son, Timothy John Huber, 45, were indicted by a Kandiyohi County grand jury on Nov. 17 on first-degree premeditated mu-rder charges. They also face second-degree in-tentional and unintentional mu-rder charges for their roles in the Oct. 8 death of Timothy Richard Larson, 43, of Albertville.

Delbert Huber allegedly shot Larson with a 303 British Enfield rifle during a confrontation over the fact that Larson ordered the Hubers and their farm equipment off farm property owned by Larson's father in rural Belgrade.

As of Friday afternoon, Kandiyohi County District Court records show that no certificate of representation -- the notice an attorney files with the court when he or she had been hired to represent a defendant -- had been filed in Huber's case.

Huber has appeared in six court hearings without an attorney and his applications for a public defender have been denied twice by two different judges. His ownership of land is why his public defender application was first denied by Judge Kathryn N. Smith and Judge Thompson denied Huber's access to public defense counsel during a Dec. 23 hearing and issued a formal order denying him a public defender on Jan. 5.

Huber had repeatedly told the court that his relatives were working on getting money with which to pay an attorney by mortgaging his land. He has been held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $5 million bail since the shooting.

During an omnibus hearing, a defendant can enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, the attorneys can present evidence in the case and ask the judge for a determination if there is probable cause for the case to go to trial.

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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