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Forum News Service, Published December 02 2013

Mental competency exam set in Willmar murder case

WILLMAR, Minn. — A mental competency examination for a teenager accused of murdering a Willmar grandmother has been set for Dec. 19.

According to information in the court file, the report on Brok Junkermeier’s mental competency is due Jan. 17.

The exam was ordered Nov. 21 after a defense motion indicating that Junkermeier may rely on a defense that he is mentally ill or mentally deficient.

Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Warwick, 18, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death of Warwick’s 79-year-old grandmother, Lila Warwick, at her home along the east edge of Willmar on July 29. Both face the possibility of life in prison if convicted and both are currently held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Warwick was the alleged mastermind of the crime, and was allegedly motivated by a large amount of money he suspected was in his grandmother’s possession. Junkermeier allegedly entered the grandmother’s home and stabbed and strangled her after making her write him a check from her bank account. The teens also allegedly returned to Lila Warwick’s home after the murder and stole a small safe and other items from the residence.