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Jury selection underway in Huber murder trail

WILLMAR — Jury selection began this morning, with three jurors selected by midday, in the first-degree murder trial of Timothy John Huber in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Huber is charged for his role in October 2011 shooting death of Timothy Larson. The trial is before District Judge Donald M. Spilseth.

Jury selection is expected to continue this week, with the trial scheduled through May 10.

County Attorney Jenna Fischer and assistant county attorneys Dain Olson and Chris Jensen are prosecuting the case and Huber is represented by two public defenders, Stephen Ferrazzano and Carter Greiner.

Huber and his father, Delbert, were indicted on first- and second-degree murder charges in the case. Larson, 43, a teacher from Albertville, was killed Oct. 8, 2011, on his father’s rural Belgrade property after a confrontation with the Hubers.

During his August plea hearing in the case, Delbert Huber admitted that he pointed a loaded 303 British Enfield rifle at Larson and pulled the trigger during the confrontation. He claimed during his sentencing hearing in September that his son had nothing to do with the shooting and that Timothy Huber was doing farm chores when the killing occurred.

The elder Huber, 82, was sentenced to 367 months in prison, the maximum possible sentence for second-degree murder. As part of a plea agreement, the first-degree indictment against Delbert Huber was dismissed.

Timothy Huber, 47, faces the possibility of spending life in prison, if he is convicted of first-degree murder. He has been held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $1 million bail since the day of the shooting.

According to the state Department of Corrections website, the elder Huber is in the Minnesota Corrections Facility at Faribault.

Read more about the jury selection process in tomorrow’s West Central Tribune.

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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