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2 teens behind slaying of grandmother indicted on first-degree murder

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Two of three teenagers involved in the killing of 79-year-old Lila Warwick at her Willmar home in July have been indicted on first-degree murder charges, the West Central Tribune reports.

A grand jury decided Wednesday to approve the higher charges for 19-year-old Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier and Warwick's grandson, 17-year-old Robert Innocencio Warwick, who is now charged as an adult.

Robert Warwick, the alleged "mastermind" in the plan to rob and kill his grandmother, believed she had a safe in her house containing more than $40,000.

Court documents say on the morning of July 29, Junkermeier broke into Lila Warwick's home while 16-year-old Devon James Jenkins waited in a car outside.

Junkermeier cut the elderly woman's hand before forcing her to lookup her financial records online and making her write a check for $1,500. The 19-year-old then allegedly stabbed and strangled Lila Warwick before throwing her in the basement and leaving her for dead.

Later that day, Junkermeier and Robert Warwick returned to the home and stole a safe.

A search warrant executed at Junkermeier’s home found evidence of Lila Warwick’s financial and personal records, bloody gym shoes, a safe and 30 one-thousand-dollar savings bonds in the woman's name stashed in a nightstand.

Both Warwick and Junkermeier are being held on $2 million bail. The Fargo Forum says first-degree murder convictions are punishable by life in prison without parole.

Jenkins was not included in the grand jury's indictment. He's been charged with second-degree murder in juvenile court.

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