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Court action delayed once again in murder case against rural Paynesville, Minn., man

WILLMAR -- Court action has been delayed once again in the case of Delbert Edwin Huber, 81, the rural Paynesville man indicted on first-degree murder charges.

District Judge Michael J. Thompson delayed today's omnibus hearing in the case and set a new date of April 12. The judge directed Huber -- who currently has no defense attorney -- to be prepared to represent himself at that time or hire defense counsel.

The omnibus hearing is typically a hearing during which attorneys can argue the admissibility of evidence in the case and ask the judge for a determination if there is probable cause for the case to go to trial.

Kandiyohi County Attorney Jenna Fischer today objected to the further delay in the case.

Huber and his son, Timothy John Huber, 45, were indicted by a Kandiyohi County grand jury on Nov. 17 on first-degree premeditated murder charges. They also face second-degree intentional and unintentional murder 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.

Huber has appeared at several court hearings without an attorney, and his applications for a public defender have been denied twice by two different judges because Huber owns land.

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

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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