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Mental health reports in on Junkermeier; Jenkins set to be sentenced

WILLMAR — The mental competency reports on Brok Junkermeier, the 19-year-old Willmar man indicted with first-degree murder charges for killing Lila Warwick, have been filed in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The reports are not public information, but Junkermeier’s next hearing, a pretrial hearing, remains scheduled for Wednesday before District Judge Donald Spilseth. Junkermeier is also scheduled for a three-week jury trial starting on March 25.

Spilseth ordered the mental examination in December after Junkermeier’s attorney, public defender Kent Marshall, filed a motion indicating that Junkermeier may rely on a defense that he is mentally ill or mentally deficient.

Junkermeier and Warwick’s grandson, Robert Warwick, now 18, were indicted on first-degree murder charges in September for their roles in killing Warwick, 79, in July at her residence on the east edge of Willmar.

Court documents say that 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 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 after the murder and stole a small safe and other items from the residence.

Both young men face the possibility of life in prison if convicted and both are currently held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Warwick’s attorney, Daniel Mohs, has filed a motion to suppress statements his client made to law enforcement officers, alleging that Warwick was not properly advised of his rights. There is no next hearing scheduled for Warwick, as District Judge David Mennis has taken the motion under advisement.

Spilseth has previously ruled that Junkermeier’s admission to law officers that he killed Lila Warwick, including details of her killing, will be allowed at Junkermeier’s trial. Junkermeier’s attorney, Marshall, had argued that Junkermeier was not competent to waive his Miranda rights and give statements to the officers.

The third teen charged in the case, Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, has pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge. He will be sentenced Monday by District Judge Michael Thompson.

Jenkins will receive a juvenile sentence, under the extended juvenile jurisdiction program, until he turns 21 years old. As part of extended juvenile jurisdiction, Jenkins 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.

Jenkins is in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar. During his plea hearing, Jenkins admitted that he went with Junkermeier to Lila Warwick’s home and waited in the car while Junkermeier was inside allegedly committing the murder.

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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