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Medical examiner rules Delbert Huber died from complications of gastric ulcer

WILLMAR — Delbert Huber, 83, the rural Paynesville man sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for shooting and killing Timothy Larson in October 2011, died June 11 from natural causes connected to “complications of a perforated gastric ulcer,’’ according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lori Hedican, chief investigator for the office, said the Department of Corrections investigates the deaths of all prisoners in its custody. Sometimes when prisoners are on hospice or in the infirmary, for example, no further investigation is needed if they die under medical supervision.

But because of the circumstances of the murder case, it was deemed necessary to do an autopsy, said Hedican.

Huber was brought to St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, which is the office’s jurisdiction, where he died at 9:23 p.m. June 11. The autopsy was performed by a pathologist at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hedican said there was no indication in the autopsy report about how long Huber had suffered from the ulcer.

“I don’t have the answer to that,’’ Hedican said Thursday. “There’s no documentation of that in the autopsy findings, so I have no way of knowing that.’’

The Department of Corrections did not immediately report the cause of Huber’s death.

Huber was sentenced in September 2012 to 367 months in prison, the maximum sentence allowed on a second-degree murder charge. A first-degree murder charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Huber entered the state prison system through the St. Cloud prison, which is standard procedure, and then was transferred to the Faribault facility.

Huber and his son, Timothy Huber, 48, were both indicted on first-degree murder charges for killing Larson, 43, of Albertville. Delbert Huber shot and killed Larson after a confrontation on Larson family property in rural Belgrade.

Timothy Huber was sentenced to 25 years in prison in July 2013. He was found guilty of second-degree murder in a jury trial in May 2013. According to the Department of Corrections website, he is in custody at the Rush City prison and his expected release date is in October 2028.

Delbert Huber had been in the news again recently after New London blogger Joy Baker raised questions about alleged connection to attacks on children in Paynesville in the 1980s and to the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling in 1989. The 11-year-old Wetterling was abducted while biking down a rural road in St. Joseph and has never been found.

Huber told other news outlets that he had been interviewed in the Wetterling case but denied any knowledge or involvement.

David Little
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