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Rural Paynesville, Minn., will stand trial in late June for man's murder

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WILLMAR -- A jury trial is scheduled in June for Delbert Edwin Huber, the 81-year-old rural Paynesville man indicted on first-degree murder charges for shooting and killing an Albertville man last October in northern Kandiyohi County.

In a scheduling order filed Monday, District Judge Michael J. Thompson set the 10-day trial to begin June 18 and continue through June 29 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

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, Albertville.

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

Delbert Huber's next court hearing is April 12. He has appeared seven times in court without a lawyer and has repeatedly said he and family members are attempting to hire an attorney. He said during a Jan. 23 hearing that he could have a lawyer by the April date and that he was not prepared represent himself in the murder case.

Both of the Hubers have been held in the Kandiyohi County Jail since the day of the shooting incident, which they reported to law enforcement approximately 12 hours after it happened. Delbert Huber is held on $5 million bail and Timothy Huber on $1 million bail.

A mental competency evaluation was ordered on Dec. 7 for Timothy Huber, whose public defense attorneys had previously filed a notice that their client was either mentally ill or under duress.

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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