WILLMAR, Minn - Two teens have been indicted on first-degree murder charges for their alleged roles in strangulation and stabbing death of a Minnesota grandmother.
According to the West Central Tribune, a grand jury handed down first-degree murder charges for Brok Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Warwick, 17, both of Willmar. They're accused of killing Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar on July 29. Lila was Robert's grandmother.
Prosecutors believed Robert Warwick thought his grandmother had $40,000 in a safe, so he and Junkermeier plotted to steal it. Police say Junkermeier broke into Warwick's home and cut her with a sword-like knife, forcing her to write out a $1,500 check. Police say he then strangled her, repeatedly stabbed her and then threw her downstairs. Robert Warwick admitted to giving Junkermeier the garage code to get into Lila Warwick's residence. He told police he was supposed to get $300 from the robbery, but he never got any money. Junkermeier and Robert Warwick returned to Lila Warwick's home after her murder to steal a safe.
A third person charged in the case, 16-year-old Devon J. Jenkins, apparently was not included in the grand jury indictment. According to the complaint, Jenkins had driven with Junkermeier to Lila Warwick's house Monday morning and fell asleep in the car. Jenkins admitted to police that when Junkermeier returned to the car several hours later. He told him that he had murdered Lila Warwick. Despite pleading for her life, investigators say Junkermeier strangled Warwick. And when she didn't die, "stabbed her multiple times and brought or threw her into the basement."
The West Central Tribune reports the indictments were filed Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. If convicted, both teens face life in prison without parole.
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