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ONE-ON-ONE: Delbert Huber discusses Wetterling interview

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He's a convicted killer whose name keeps popping up in the unsolved abduction of Jacob Wetterling, but Delbert Huber spoke out about the rumors from his prison cell in an interview with FOX 9 News.

Although his name kept cropping up in rumors and police probes, that's not concerning to him.

"A lot of people say a lot of stuff. They don't know what the hell they're talking about," a feisty Huber told Fox 9 News.

During the interview, Huber agreed no topic would be off-limits.

"I'm an easy guy to get along with," Huber said.

Just last week, Stearns County investigators re-interviewed Huber about the Wetterling case. When he spoke with Fox 9's Paul Blume inside the Faribault Correctional Facility on Tuesday, he had a lot to say. Most notably, he insisted over and over that he had absolutely nothing to do with the abduction that occurred 25 years ago.

"People from my hometown had turned me in on Jacob Wetterling because we had a white van," Huber said. "That's why they turned me in, because they were jealous -- to get even with me. I never knew that Jacob Wetterling kid or his family."

Huber will turn 84 later this month, and he pleaded guilty to the 2011 murder of a popular teacher, Timothy Larson. Larson was fatally shot on his family farm in Kandiyohi County amid an argument over $50. Huber even spoke openly about Larson's death, saying that at his age, he's an open book.

"I went deer hunting with that rifle," Huber said. "I could never hit a deer with it, but accidentally, I hit him."

When asked if he killed anybody else, Huber replied, "Not that I know of. I might have overseas in Korea."

Not 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted by a masked gunman in October of 1989. At the time, Huber lived some 40 minutes away near Paynesville, Minn. Police interviewed him as a possible suspect based on witness information and a law enforcement sketch some believed looked like a younger Huber.

"No way," he said. "No way. I don't even recognize that picture at all."

A quarter of a century ago, investigators apparently looked at Huber and his son after Wetterling was abducted near the Wetterlings' home in St. Joseph, Minn. Huber maintains he had nothing to do with the Wetterling disappearance even though a Minnesota blogger's posts about several unsolved sexual assaults and attempted attacks from the mid to late 80s prompted Stearns County investigators to turn their attention back to Huber and his son.

"I said, 'I ain't got nothing to hide because we didn't do nothing,'" Huber recalled.

Huber is well aware that at his age, he will die in prison -- but before that happens, he wants to clear his name when it comes to Minnesota's most high-profile cold case.

"If they keep on talking about it, they're going to get fined for harassing me," Huber said. "I'll tell you that much."

Wetterling's mother told Fox 9 News she is not aware of any evidence that directly links either of the Hubers to her son's abduction, and she also points out that since the suspect was masked, there is no sketch or photograph that can fully identify the man who took him.

As for Huber's son, Timothy, he was convicted of second-degree murder in Larson's death, but Huber insists neither he nor his son had any connection to little boys.

"We never had any connection to little boys or nothing like that," he said. "If I was around young children, their parents were there. Otherwise, I didn't go out looking for young kids or nothing like that. My boy didn't either."


May 20, 2014: Where's Wetterling? Police re-interview suspects in prison

May 12, 2014: Investigators probe possible link between Wetterling, Paynesville 5

Oct. 22, 2013: Patty Wetterling: 'Miracles can happen'

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