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Court date Tuesday for juvenile charged in Warwick death changed to plea hearing

WILLMAR — One of the teens accused in the death of a Willmar woman this summer is apparently going to plead guilty: The Kandiyohi County court calendar now lists a plea hearing in the matter.

The court hearing scheduled Tuesday morning for Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, has been changed from an adult certification hearing to a plea hearing.

Jenkins is one of three teenagers charged in the killing of Lila Warwick on July 29 at her home. He faces two second-degree murder charges and had been scheduled to appear during an all-day certification hearing, to move his case from juvenile to adult court, before District Judge Michael J. Thompson. The hearing is now scheduled as a plea hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Brok Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Warwick, 18, both of Willmar, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the case. Both face the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

Robert Warwick was the alleged mastermind of the crime, and was allegedly motivated by a large amount of money he suspected was in his grandmother’s possession. Junkermeier allegedly entered the 79-year-old grandmother’s home 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 later and stole a small safe and other items from the residence.

Jenkins allegedly drove Junkermeier to Warwick’s residence during the early morning hours of July 29 and waited in the vehicle while Junkermeier was inside and alleged to have assaulted and killed Lila Warwick.

Jenkins remains in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar.

Warwick and Junkermeier are both are currently held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Warwick’s next hearing is Dec. 20. Junkermeier’s next hearing is Jan. 9 and a three-week jury trial is scheduled to begin March 24.

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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