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Forum News Service, Published November 12 2013

Prosecutors seek to try teen as adult in Willmar homicide

WILLMAR, Minn. — Prosecutors are seeking to try a 16-year-old Willmar boy as an adult for his alleged role in the killing of an elderly woman.

Devon Jenkins will stand for an adult certification hearing Dec. 10 in the killing of Lila Warwick, 79. The hearing date was set Tuesday, and it will be before District Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Jenkins faces two charges of second-degree murder in the July 29 homicide. He is one of three Willmar teens charged in the case.

Brok Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Warwick, 18, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges.

Warwick, a grandson to Lila Warwick, was the alleged mastermind of a plan to rob and kill his grandmother, who he believed to have more than $40,000 in her home, according to court documents.

Jenkins is accused of driving Junkermeier to the residence and waiting in the vehicle while Junkermeier stabbed and strangled the woman.

Junkermeier and Warwick are held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail. Jenkins has been in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar since his arrest.