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Delbert Huber dies in prison after Wetterling case questioning

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FARIBAULT, Minn. (KMSP) -

Delbert Huber -- a convicted killer recently questioned in the 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling – has died in prison, the Minnesota Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday. There is no reason to suspect foul play, according to the DOC, but an investigation will be opened as per standard procedure.

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."

INTERVIEW: One-on-one with Delbert Huber

When Fox 9 News put a microphone on Huber on Tuesday and asked him how he was feeling, it captured what may now be considered an enlightening conversation.

"I got a little pain in my stomach and my ankle there -- got smashed in on the door," Huber said. "It left a little pencil mark and now you take a .45 bullet that big into the ankle on the side and that hurts."

As for his mind, however, he said it was "pretty good."

"I forget some things, you know how it is," he acknowledged. "And, i'd be sitting in the wheel chair and it's just like somebody touches me on the shoulder and there's nobody there. I can't figure that one out."

Huber, 83, 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.

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 -- but he wanted to clear his name before he died.

"You're going to get sued too if you keep on harassing me, I'll let you know," Huber said. "I didn't have nothing to do with the Jacob Wetterling deal, and if I wouldn't have went ahead and accidentally shot this guy, I would have never turned myself in in."

Huber was aware that he would not leave prison alive, and he admitted that it was sad to think about.

"It's sad and stuff like that," Huber acknowledged. "I kind of said -- and I said it to them -- that they shouldn't worry about it because I'm going to die regardless of this. That's the way I'm getting treated in jail. They figure I'm going to die and they don't give a s---."

Fox 9 News attempted to contact the Stearns County Sheriff's Office on Thursday to learn how Huber's death might affect their investigation, but calls were not returned.

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