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March trial dates set for Junkermeier in murder case

WILLMAR — A jury trial 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 scheduled to begin March 25 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The trial, scheduled for three weeks before District Judge Donald Spilseth, is predated by a Dec. 2 omnibus hearing and a Jan. 9 pre-trial hearing.

An omnibus hearing in Junkermeier’s case was cancelled this week at the request of his public defense attorney, Kent Marshall.

Junkermeier and Robert Warwick, 17, were both indicted on first-degree murder charges in the case and are being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office, with Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank listed as the prosecutor.

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.

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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