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Jury selection to begin Tuesday morning in Junkermeier trial

WILLMAR — Jury selection is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Brok Junkermeier.

Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, is accused of murdering 79-year-old Lila Warwick in July 2013 at her home on the east edge of Willmar.

In a pre-trial hearing Monday, lawyers for the prosecution and defense discussed several issues related to the trial process. The trial at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar is expected to last about three weeks.

More than a dozen jurors were excused based on the answers they gave on juror questionnaires. Judge Donald Spilseth said he would consider a prosecution request to hold a hearing on aggravating factors to the crime, and he signed an order giving limited immunity to a friend who heard Junkermeier and Robert Warwick, 18, Lila Warwick’s grandson, who has also been indicted for first-degree murder in her death.

The friend allegedly heard the two defendants discussing the murder before and after it occurred.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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