Carolyn Lange, Forum News Service, Published March 31 2014
Jury sees crime-scene video at Junkermeier murder trial in Willmar
Mark Patterson, a forensic scientist with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, narrated the video that showed a trail of blood through the home of Lila Warwick.
In a hushed courtroom, the video showed the body of Warwick, 79, lying on her back on the basement floor.
The video showed Warwick barefoot and wearing black clothing with a pool of blood by her left hand that had a toy handcuff attached to her wrist.
The tour through the home also included images of Warwick’s office nook where the computer screen was open to a USBank website and a blank check that was lying on the floor next to the computer desk.
Patterson testified that the check, the computer equipment and desk chair all had a blood-like substances on them.
Testimony will continue this afternoon.
Junkermeier and Warwick’s grandson, Robert Warwick, 18, were indicted on first-degree murder charges in September for their roles in killing Warwick, 79, on July 29, 2013, at her residence on the east edge of Willmar.
Both young men face the possibility of life in prison if convicted and both are currently held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail. Junkermeier has been in the county jail since Aug. 1, when he was arrested.
Robert Warwick has been in the jail since the Sept. 18 indictment, which moved his case from juvenile to adult court. He was held from his arrest to the indictment at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs in Willmar. No trial date has been set yet for him.
Junkermeier is represented by Kent Marshall, a state public defense attorney. The State Attorney General’s office is prosecuting both Junkermeier and Warwick, with Robert Plesha and Matthew Frank, assistant attorney generals, handling the case.
Court documents say that Robert Warwick was the alleged mastermind of the crime, which he and Junkermeier had allegedly planned for months, was allegedly motivated by a large amount of money he suspected was in his grandmother’s possession.