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Warwick attorney seeks to suppress statement in Willmar murder case

WILLMAR — The defense attorney for Robert Warwick wants a portion of Warwick’s statements to law enforcement officers to be suppressed, or not allowed, in his trial on first-degree murder for his role in killing his grandmother.

Attorney Daniel Mohs argued this afternoon that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents who questioned Robert Warwick after the homicide of Lila Warwick on July 29 did not advise him of his Miranda rights after they had informed him that he was under arrest and would face murder charges.

Warwick’s omnibus hearing was before District Judge David Mennis, who will issue a ruling on the evidence after the attorneys have filed briefs with the court.

Mohs also indicated that he expected he would file a formal motion for a change of venue but would hold off for a time, in part to gauge how much publicity Brok Junkermeier’s trial will generate. Junkermeier’s trial is scheduled to begin in late March.

Warwick, 18, and 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.

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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