Convicted killer questioned in Wetterling investigation

FARIBAULT, Minn. -- KARE 11 has learned that authorities recently interviewed a convicted killer and his son about the Jacob Wetterling case and several assaults on young boys that took place near the time Jacob was abducted.

Delbert Huber, 83, is behind bars in Faribault, serving time for the 2011 murder of Albertville teacher Tim Larson.

At his sentencing for Larson's murder, Huber told the court he shot Larson, in part, because Larson accused Huber and his son, Tim, of being involved in Jacob's disappearance.

Delbert Huber has lived in the Paynesville area for decades.

Jacob was abducted in St. Joseph, which is not far from Paynesville.

The Hubers were first questioned right after the abduction. In a jailhouse interview Tuesday, Delbert told KARE 11 he owned a van authorities thought might be of interest.

But nothing came of that.

"They came to interview me once at my shop … in town," Delbert told KARE 11.

Now, 25 years later, the Hubers are under a cloud of suspicion after investigators recently took a fresh look at a series of assaults on young boys in Paynesville in the mid-1980s and whether they might be connected to Jacob's abduction.

Investigators say some tip calls that came in after the news coverage last month were about the Hubers.

But Delbert Huber said neither he nor his son know anything about Jacob or the Paynesville assaults and that's what he says he told investigators when they paid him a visit in prison recently.

"They asked me about the Jacob Wetterling deal," Huber told KARE 11 about his visit from investigators. "I never knew the kid until he was missing and then I seen it on TV."

Huber said people are pointing at his family because of jealousy. He calls it harassment and wants it to stop.

"I hope you can get it all cleared up," said Huber.

The Hubers have a reputation in Paynesville. According to reports, neighbors testified in court about how they felt threatened, even terrorized by them.

But does that have anything to do with Jacob Wetterling? Delbert Huber says no.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says investigators have been talking to a lot people following the new leads.

Anyone with information should call Stearns County authorities at 320-251-4240.


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