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Hearing for Robert Warwick, one of three teens charged in murder, postponed until September

WILLMAR — A Thursday morning court hearing scheduled for Robert Warwick, 17, of Willmar was delayed at the request of Warwick's attorney.

Warwick is one of three teens charged in the strangulation and stabbing death of his grandmother, Lila Warwick, 79. He is charged with second-degree murder with intent-not premeditated and liability for crimes of another.

The new date for the probable cause hearing is Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. A hearing to discuss whether he will be tried in adult court will also be delayed. It had been scheduled for Aug. 30.

Warwick has been charged as a juvenile, but court information is public for juveniles 16 and older charged with felonies.

Judge David Mennis approved the delay at the request of public defender Ramona Lackore. Assistant County Attorney Stephen Wentzell did not object to the delay.

Lackore said the defense was willing to waive the requirement that probable cause hearings be held within a set amount of time.

No specific reason was given for the delay.

During the three-minute court appearance, Warwick sat at the defense table with his mother, Jennifer, and two attorneys. He came to the courtroom in handcuffs, and they were removed at the door.

Mennis said he was to remain in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center.

The juvenile delinquency petition filed against Warwick states he was the mastermind of the plan to rob and kill his grandmother and believed she had a safe in the house with access to $40,000.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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