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Jury Selection Underway in Willmar Church Volunteer Murder Trial

Updated: 03/28/2014 6:31 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 7:29 AM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

As of Thursday afternoon, 12 jurors have been selected for the trial of a man accused of killing a Willmar, Minn., grandmother during a home invasion. Two more jurors still need to be selected.

Last August, investigators say Brok Junkermeier – who was 19 at the time – broke into 79-year-old Lila Warwick’s home. They say he robbed her and then killed her.

Two other teens were charged in the case. Prosecutors say Warwick’s own grandson, 18-year-old Robert Warwick, came up with the plan that led Junkermeier to choke and stab Lila Warwick last July. Court documents say Robert Warwick believed his grandmother had a safe in her home containing more than $40,000.

The West Central Tribune says the grandmother's body was found by law enforcement officers checking on her welfare after she missed a meeting at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she was a volunteer.

The teen who acted as a lookout was sentenced to probation and community service in January. Sixteen-year-old Devon Jenkins earlier pleaded guilty to unintentional second-degree murder in adult court. A Kandiyohi County judge sentenced Jenkins to complete a youth correctional program, perform 100 hours of community service and serve probation until age 21.

Testimony is expected to begin as early as Monday.


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