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Forum News Service, Published August 12 2013

Release denied for teen charged in Willmar slaying

WILLMAR, Minn. - The parents of a teen accused at taking part in the murder of an elderly woman sought Monday to have him released to their custody, saying he would be under close adult supervision and attend all scheduled court appearances.

Eighth District Judge Michael Thompson denied the request and ordered 16-year-old Devon Jenkins to remain in detention at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs in Willmar.

Jenkins appeared in court Monday for a probable cause hearing on two charges of second-degree murder. He is the youngest of three defendants in the slaying of Lila Warwick, 79.

Warwick, who lived alone on the outskirts of Willmar, was found stabbed and strangled in her home on July 29. Within days, Jenkins and two other suspects were arrested: Brok Junkermeier, 19, who is alleged to have committed the killing; and Robert Warwick, 17, the victim's grandson and alleged mastermind of a plan to rob Warwick of her money.

Jenkins told investigators he waited outside Lila Warwick's house in Junkermeier's car but was not involved in the robbery or murder, according to court documents.

Jenkins and Warwick are both juveniles but could be tried as adults pending the outcome of certification hearings.