Judge Michael Thompson canceled the Thursday district court hearing for 81-year-old Delbert Edwin Huber of rural Paynesville.
The West Central Tribune reports Huber was to have appeared on first- and second-degree murder charges for the October shooting death of 43-year-old Timothy Larson of Albertville.
In the same order, Thompson set a hearing at 11:30 a.m. today that gives “any interested person, including the public and news media” the opportunity to speak to the closing of hearings regarding Huber’s financial situation and the fact that he is not represented by legal counsel, which is preventing the criminal case from moving forward.
In the order, Thompson states his findings that the evidence regarding Huber’s finances and ability to obtain legal counsel “may interfere with an overriding interest in this case and (Huber’s) right to a fair trial” and may include confidential financial information not relevant to the issue of whether Huber is guilty or not.
Huber has been held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $5 million bail since the Oct. 8 incident. He’s appeared in Kandiyohi County District Court on five occasions and has repeatedly told the court that his relatives were attempting to secure money to hire him a lawyer by mortgaging his land.
Huber and his son, 45-year-old Timothy John Huber, 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 shooting death of Larson.