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Junkermeier may use mental defense; Jenkins hearing Tuesday

WILLMAR — The defense attorney for the 19-year-old man charged with first-degree murder for the July 29 strangulation and stabbing death of Lila Warwick has filed a notice that Brok Junkermeier will rely on the defense that he is not guilty because of mental illness or deficiency.

Kent Marshall, public defender for Junkermeier filed the notice Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Marshall also filed a notice seeking a transcript of the grand jury proceedings that indicted Junkermeier and Robert Warwick, now 18, of Willmar.

The third teen charged in the case, Devon Jenkins, 16, is set for a scheduling conference Tuesday before District Judge Michael J. Thompson.

Jenkins has been in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar. Junkermeier and Warwick are both held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

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. The teens also allegedly returned to Lila Warwick’s home and stole a small safe and other items.

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

Warwick’s next hearing is Nov. 21, but his attorney, Ramona Lackore, has requested a continuance to delay the hearing before District Judge David Mennis.

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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