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Warwick has hearing this morning in Willmar grandmother’s murder

WILLMAR — The 17-year-old Willmar boy charged in the July strangulation and stabbing death of his grandmother, Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar, is scheduled to appear in court this morning.

Robert Inocencio Warwick has an 11 a.m. hearing before District Judge David L. Mennis in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The teen, who was allegedly the mastermind in the murder, faces two charges of second-degree murder. He’s been held in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center since he was detained after the July 29 killing.

Warwick’s probable cause hearing was delayed from an Aug. 15 hearing at the request of his attorney, public defender Ramona Lackore. Stephen Wentzell, assistant county attorney, is prosecuting the case.

Warwick has been charged as a juvenile, but court information regarding 16- and 17-year-old defendants charged with felony counts is public information. He is one of three teens charged in the case.

Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, faces one count of second-degree murder. He’s held on $2 million unconditional bail at the Kandiyohi County Jail. His next hearing is Oct. 16.

Devon James Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, faces two counts in the case. He’s also in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center. No new court hearing date has been set for Jenkins.

According the juvenile petition against Warwick, he was the “mastermind” of a plan to rob and kill his grandmother at her home on the east edge of Willmar. The boy allegedly believed his grandma had a safe with $40,000 in the house and had been planning the crime for some time.

According to the criminal complaints filed in the case, Junkermeier allegedly entered Lila Warwick’s home during the early morning hours of July 29, using an entry code provided by Warwick, and waited for her to enter the garage. Junkermeier allegedly injured Lila Warwick’s hand with a sword, then bandaged her hand and forced her to write him a check from her bank account before stabbing and strangling her.

Lila Warwick’s body was discovered later that day in the basement of her home after she missed a meeting at church and law enforcement was asked to check on her.

Robert Warwick allegedly admitted to investigators that he had discussed robbing and assaulting his grandmother and had given Junkermeier the garage door code, but he had not expected Junkermeier would kill her. Warwick allegedly admitted during the interview to going back to Lila Warwick’s home later that day and stealing the safe from her home.

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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