The 17-year-old Willmar boy charged in the July strangulation and stabbing murder of his grandmother, 79-year-old Lila Warwick of Willmar, has waived his probable cause hearing and will next appear on Sept. 23 in Kandiyohi County District Court.
The West Central Tribune reports Robert Inocencio Warwick responded to questions from District Judge David L. Mennis with simple “yes” answers during the two-minute hearing Monday morning.Warwickanswered that he had had enough time to talk with his attorney, public defender Ramona Lackore, and that he agreed to waive the hearing.
A probable cause hearing includes arguments by the attorneys on whether or not there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the case. Stephen Wentzell, assistant county attorney, is prosecuting the case.
The teen, who was allegedly the mastermind in the murder, faces two charges of second-degree murder. He’s been held in custody atPrairieLakesYouthDetentionCenterinWillmarsince he was detained after the July 29 killing.
Warwick has been charged as a juvenile, but court information regarding 16- and 17-year-old defendants charged with felony counts is public information. He is one of three teens charged in the case.