ALBERTVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — An 81-year-old man has been charged in the killing a special education teacher in Albertville, Minn., and his son has been charged with being an accomplice.
Delbert Huber, of Paynesville, Minn., was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Timothy Larson, who taught at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West. He was shot and killed over the weekend in Kandiyohi County.
According to the criminal complaint, Huber and his son were at the victim’s father’s residence last Friday. When Larson arrived, they told him that his father had hired them to do chores on the property while he was out of town over the weekend.
The charges state Larson asked them to move their machinery — which included tractors — off the property and not to come back until Monday, because he was planning to stay there over the weekend.
The next morning, the criminal complaint continues, they allegedly came back to perform chores. They confronted Larson about their “stuff getting busted up.”
Huber’s son Timothy Huber also believed he had $50 missing from his wallet and thought Larson had stolen it.
The complaint says Delbert Huber brought a rifle with them, and ordered his son to continue doing chores.
Delbert Huber told investigators that he became involved in another argument with Larson by their car that morning, and admitted to pointing the rifle at him.
“I thought I could scare him to get him to give the money back,” he told investigators.
Delbert Huber said he shot Larson, but according to the Kandiyohi Sheriff’s Office, he didn’t call them until late Saturday evening to tell them about the shooting.
Timothy Huber allegedly heard the gunfire and ran back to the car, but was told by Delbert Huber to keep working.
When deputies arrived at Larson’s farm in rural Burbank Township, they found him dead with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
The victim’s father told police that he hired only Timothy Huber to do work, and not Delbert Huber.
Timothy Huber has been charged with liability for second-degree murder, as well as being an accomplice after the fact.
Delbert Huber was ordered held on $5 million bond, while Timothy Huber had bail set at $1 million.