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Jenkins adult certification hearing set for Dec. 10 in Warwick murder

WILLMAR — The 16-year-old Willmar teen charged with second-degree murder for his alleged role in the July 29 strangulation and stabbing death of Lila Warwick will stand for an adult certification hearing on Dec. 10.

The hearing was set this morning in the case of Devon Jenkins and will be before District Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Jenkins is being prosecuted by Stephen Wentzell and Christos Jensen, assistant county attorneys. The teen is being represented by public defenders Carter Greiner and Brad Kluver.

Jenkins has been in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar since his arrest after the murder.

He is one of three teens charged in the case. Brok Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Warwick, who is now 18, both of Willmar, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges for their alleged roles in killing Warwick’s grandmother at her home along the eastern edge of Willmar.

Junkermeier’s next hearing is Dec. 2 and Warwick’s next hearing has been moved to Dec. 20. The omnibus hearing had been scheduled for Nov. 21 but was moved at the request of Warwick’s attorney.

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.

 Jenkins is alleged to have driven Junkermeier to the home, and allegedly waited for Junkermeier while the crime was being committed during the early morning hours.

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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