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Junkermeier’s DNA is sought in murder case

WILLMAR — The assistant State Attorney General prosecuting two Willmar teens on first-degree murder charges for the July 29 strangulation and stabbing death of Lila Warwick is seeking a DNA sample from the alleged killer.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank filed a motion Tuesday seeking DNA from Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar.

Frank also filed a notice that the prosecution may offer evidence of aggravating factors at trials for Junkermeier and Robert Warwick, now 18, of Willmar.

Warwick, a grandson to Lila Warwick, 79, was the alleged mastermind of the crime. Junkermeier allegedly entered the grandmother’s home on the east edge of Willmar and stabbed and strangled her after making her write him a check from her bank account.

Both have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the case and face life in prison if convicted of their charges.

Junkermeier is scheduled for a three-week jury trial starting March 25 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Warwick’s next court hearing is Nov. 21.

The aggravating factors, filed in both Junkermeier and Warwick’s cases, are that the victim was particularly vulnerable due to reduced physical or mental capacity and that that fact was known or should have been known to the offenders, that the victim was treated with particular cruelty for which the offenders should be held responsible, that the offense was committed at a location in which the victim had an expectation of privacy and that the offense involved a high degree of planning and preparation.

An extra factor, that the offender abused a position of trust, was included in the notice filed in Warwick’s case.

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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