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Warwick due in court for hearing in grandmother’s killing

WILLMAR — Robert Warwick, 18, of Willmar, will appear today in Kandiyohi County District Court on murder charges for his role in the July 29 killing of his grandmother.

The omnibus hearing, where the attorneys argue whether evidence should be allowed in the case, is set for 2 p.m. before District Judge David Mennis.

Warwick and Brok Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, have both been indicted on first-degree murder charges for the death of Lila Warwick, 79, at her Willmar residence. Both face the possibility of life in prison if they are convicted and both are held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $2 million bail.

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 is alleged to have stabbed and strangled her after making her write him a check from her bank account. The pair allegedly returned to Lila Warwick’s home later and stole a small safe and other items. Some of the items were later found when law enforcement officers searched Junkermeier’s home.

A third teen, Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of unintentional second-degree murder in the case.

At the plea hearing, he admitted he went with Junkermeier to Lila Warwick’s home and waited outside while Junkermeier was inside the home.

Jenkins will be sentenced Jan. 27 and will receive a juvenile sentence, under the extended juvenile jurisdiction program, until he turns 21 years old. He will also receive a stayed adult sentence, of 180 months in prison, which could be executed if he fails to comply with the juvenile sentence requirements.

Junkermeier’s next court date has been moved to Jan. 29. He is also the subject of a mental examination, which was ordered Nov. 20. His attorney has filed a motion giving notice that Junkermeier may claim a defense that he is mentally ill or deficient. The report on the exam is expected by mid-January.

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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