Murder Trial Delayed 18 May 12

The murder trial of an 81-year-old rural Paynesville man has been moved from June to September 4th. Delbert Huber agreed to the delay in court Wednesday. A pre-trial hearing will be held August 9th as well. Huber, and his son, 46-year-old Timothy John Huber were both indicted on first-degree murder charges for their roles in the October 2011 shooting death of 43-year-old Timothy Larson at a rural Belgrade residence. They face life in prison if convicted. The elder Huber still does not have an attorney to represent him in the case. The delay of the trial will clarify the issue of who pays for Huber’s standby counsel, an attorney to appear in court and advise the defendant on court rules and procedures if he represents himself. A standby counsel does not act as a defense lawyer or strategize with the defendant. The delay allows a new law to take effect on August 1st that requires the State Court Administration to pay for the standby counsel, which would be dismissed if Huber hires his own attorney.