Junkermeier Murder Trial 01 Apr 14

Two high school friends of 19-year-old Brok Junkermeier testified Monday that he had talked about killing Lila Warwick in the past and that shortly after her death was discovered, he told them details of how he killed the 79-year-old grandmother.

The West Central Tribune reports 20-year-old Morgan Hoffer of Willmar secretly recorded the conversation on his cell phone.

Jurors at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar listened to the muffled recording as the murder trial began its second week.

Junkermeier, of Willmar, faces one count of first-degree premeditated murder and one count of first-degree murder with intent while committing a felony.

A series of Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives testified Monday about what they saw at the house and how evidence was methodically collected and processed.

Much of the afternoon was spent hearing the testimony of Junkermeier’s two friends, Hoffer and Tyler Stegeman.

They both said Junkermeier had talked many times about killing Warwick. And they both said they had not taken such talk seriously.

Stegeman, an 18-year-old senior at Willmar High School, testified that four days before the killing, he and Junkermeier were playing basketball when Junkermeier said he was going to kill Warwick.

The motive was money.

Stegeman said he did not consider it a real threat.