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Junkermeier's hearing cancelled

WILLMAR — The omnibus hearing for Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, one of the three young men charged with the July 29 strangulation and stabbing death of Lila Warwick, has been canceled at the request of his defense attorney.

The hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday before District Judge Donald Spilseth, was taken off the Kandiyohi County District Court calendar Monday at the request of Kent Marshall, Junkermeier’s public defense attorney.

Marshall’s letter to the court asked that the case be reset because of a scheduling conflict and because of the first-degree indictment against his client. Spilseth also ordered that a scheduling hearing be set with his law clerk and the attorneys in the case.

Junkermeier and Robert Innocencio Warwick, 17, of Willmar, were indicted by a grand jury Sept. 19 on first-degree murder charges in the case. Warwick, a grandson to Lila Warwick, was the alleged mastermind of the crime. Junkermeier allegedly entered the woman’s home on the east edge of Willmar and stabbed and strangled her after making her write him a check from her bank account.

Each of the young men faces one count of first-degree premeditated murder and one count of first-degree murder with intent while committing a felony — in this case the felony of first-degree burglary. In Minnesota, first-degree murder charges, which are punishable by life in prison without parole, can only come from a grand jury.

Warwick’s next hearing is Nov. 21.

Both Warwick and Junkermeier are held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

The third teen charged in the case, Devon James Jenkins, 16, faces two second-degree murder charges as a juvenile. He has been in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar. His next hearing is a Nov. 12 scheduling conference.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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