Testimony from a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s detective regarding the condition of tractors parked at a neighboring farm was heard Thursday during an omnibus hearing for Timothy Huber, who is charged in the shooting death of Timothy Larson.
The 43-year-old Larson, of Albertville, was killed Oct. 8, 2011, on his father’s rural Belgrade property after a confrontation with Huber and his father, Delbert, apparently stemming in part from the Hubers’ farm equipment being parked at the Larson farm.
The West Central Tribune reports Det. Eric Tollefson testified Thursday that on Oct. 12 he checked the oil levels in a Belarus 824 tractor and a Farmall 560 tractor and also checked the lights on the Farmall. Tollefson was responding to a call from Walter Roeder regarding what to do with the equipment the Hubers had left on his property after they removed it from the Larson property.
After the confrontation, the Hubers moved the machinery from Norman Larson’s farm, but they returned the next morning and Delbert Huber shot Larson in the chest with a high-powered rifle.
46-year-old Timothy Huber and his father, 82-year-old Delbert Huber, both of rural Paynesville, were indicted on first-degree murder charges for their roles in the Oct. 8, 2011, shooting death of Larson. Timothy Huber also still faces a second-degree murder charge.
The Hubers had alleged that someone had put something in the engines of the tractors, causing the oil levels to be over capacity and that the person had also left the Farmall’s lights on.
Under questioning Thursday by County Attorney Jenna Fischer, Tollefson said he found nothing unusual by pulling the dipsticks on the tractor’s engines.