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Witness and exhibit lists are filed in case against Junkermeier

WILLMAR — The assistant state attorneys general prosecuting Brok Junkermeier have filed the witness and exhibit lists for the upcoming trial of the 19-year-old Willmar man for his role in the killing of Lila Warwick.

The witness list includes the names of more than 50 individuals who could be called to testify and the exhibit list includes a list of evidence that could be presented to jurors. Junkermeier’s trial is scheduled to begin March 25 before District Judge Donald Spilseth.

Correspondingly, Junkermeier’s defense attorney has filed motions outlining how the potential jurors will be questioned and how jurors will be addressed during the trial.

The attorneys met with Spilseth in his chambers Wednesday during a pretrial hearing for Junkermeier, who was not in the courtroom.

Warwick, 79, was found dead, stabbed and strangled, at her residence on the east edge of Willmar after she failed to arrive at a church meeting on July 29. Junkermeier and Lila Warwick’s grandson Robert Warwick, now 18, were indicted on first-degree murder charges for their alleged roles in her killing.

The third teen charged in the case, Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to complete both the secure and non-secure programs at Prairie Lakes, to serve probation until his 21st birthday and complete 100 hours of community service each year as part of his juvenile sentence. Completion of the Prairie Lakes programs is based on individual progress and not a determined period of time.

Under the extended juvenile jurisdiction program, Jenkins’ adult sentence, of 15 years in prison, was stayed and could be executed if he fails to comply with the juvenile sentence requirements.

Jenkins pleaded guilty in December to aiding and abetting second-degree murder. During the plea hearing, he said he stayed in Junkermeier’s vehicle outside of Warwick’s home while Junkermeier allegedly committed the murder.

Court documents say that Robert Warwick was the alleged mastermind of the crime, motivated by a large amount of money he suspected was in his grandmother’s possession. 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 Junkermeier and Robert Warwick face the possibility of life in prison if convicted and both are currently held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

 No future hearings have been scheduled for Warwick, as District Judge David Mennis has taken under advisement a motion to suppress his statements to law enforcement.

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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