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Warwick, Junkermeier indicted on first-degree murder charges

WILLMAR — Brok Junkermeier and Robert Warwick have been indicted on first-degree murder charges for their roles in the July 29 strangulation and stabbing death of Warwick’s grandmother, Lila Warwick, 79, at her home on the east edge of Willmar.

The indictments were filed Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. In Minnesota, first-degree murder charges, which are punishable by life in prison without parole, can only come from a grand jury.

Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, is allegedly the person who entered Warwick’s residence, waited in her garage and then allegedly cut her with a small sword, forced her to write him a check from her bank account and then stabbed and strangled her before putting her body in the basement of her home.

Her body was discovered after she missed a meeting at her church and law enforcement was asked to check on her.

The indictment against Warwick, 17, is filed as an adult file in District Court and the juvenile file against him has been dismissed. He is allegedly the mastermind of the plan to rob and kill Lila Warwick, allegedly believing that his grandmother had a safe in the home containing in excess of $40,000.

There is no indication that the third individual charged in the case, Devon Jenkins, 16, was included in the grand jury indictment. His juvenile file with second-degree murder charges remains open. However, no new court date has been set in his case. Jenkins is allegedly the person who drove Junkermeier to the Warwick residence.

Junkermeier’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 16. Warwick’s next appearance, which was Monday, has been cancelled.

Warwick and Jenkins have been held at Prairie Lakes Detention Center since they were apprehended after the murder. Junkermeier is being held on $2 million unconditional bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

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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