A full jury panel of 12 jurors and two alternates has been seated in the Brok Junkermeier murder trial.
The 19-year-old Willmar teen is accused of first-degree murder in the July 29, 2013, death of 79-year-old Lila Warwick.Warwick’s body was found in the basement of her home just outsideWillmarthe afternoon of July 29.
The West Central Tribune reports preliminary jury instructions and opening statements from the attorneys are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today (Friday) in the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar before Eighth District Judge Donald Spilseth.
Witness testimony will also begin today. Court will recess for the weekend in the early afternoon.
Junkermeier has been in custody since last summer and has been held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $2 million.
Junkermeier and Lila Warwick’s grandson, 18-year-old Robert Warwick of Willmar, were indicted on first-degree murder charges in September for their alleged roles in her death.
Both young men face the possibility of life in prison if convicted. Robert Warwick is also in custody on $2 million bail.
The third teen charged in the case, 16-year-old Devon Jenkins of Willmar, has already been sentenced as a juvenile for aiding and abetting second-degree murder. He is serving a sentence at thePrairieLakesjuvenile detention center.
Court documents say that 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 the home after the murder and stole a small safe.
According to court records, Robert Warwick was the alleged mastermind of the crime, which he and Junkermeier had allegedly planned for months. Robert Warwick allegedly believed that his grandmother had a large amount of money in her home.