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Forum News Service, Published November 21 2013

Judge orders mental exam for suspect in Willmar killing

WILLMAR, Minn. -- A judge has ordered a mental examination of a teen charged in the stabbing and strangling death of a Willmar grandmother in her home.

District Judge Donald Spilseth ordered Wednesday that Brok Junkermeier, the 19-year-old Willmar man charged with first-degree murder in the July 29 death of Lila Warwick, be examined by state human services officials.

Spilseth noted that the prosecutor had requested the examination, and that Kent Marshall, Junkermeier’s defense attorney, had notified the judge that his client agreed the examination should be ordered. Marshall previously filed a motion indicating that Junkermeier may rely on a defense that he is mentally ill or mentally deficient.

Junkermeier and Robert Warwick, 18, face first-degree murder charges in the death of Warwick’s 79-year-old grandmother. A third teen, Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, faces two second-degree murder charges in the case.

The examination is to be conducted at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, and the report is due in 60 days.

The examiner is ordered to give a diagnosis of mental condition and determine whether any mental illness or deficiency caused Junkermeier to not know the nature of the alleged criminal act or to not know that it was wrong.