A judge has ordered a mental examination of the teen charged with killing a Willmar grandmother in her home by stabbing and strangling her.
The West Central Tribune reports District Judge Donald Spilseth ordered on 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.
The prosecution had requested it and Kent Marshall, Junkermeier’s public defense attorney, had notified the judge that his client was in agreement that the examination should be ordered.
Marshall had previously filed a motion indicating that Junkermeier may rely on a defense that he is mentally ill or mentally deficient.
Junkermeier and 18-year-old Robert Warwick have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death ofWarwick’s 79-year-old grandmother at her home along the east edge ofWillmar.
Robert 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.
The third teen charged in the case, 16-year-old Devon Jenkins of Willmar, faces two second-degree murder charges. His adult certification hearing, to move his case from juvenile to adult court, is scheduled for Dec. 10.