The jury trial for 18-year-old Robert Warwick of Willmar, on first-degree murder charges for his alleged role in the July killing of his grandmother, was set Wednesday for July 21 through Aug. 8.
Where the trial will happen is yet to be determined, as District Judge David Mennis will consider a motion filed by Warwick’s defense attorney, Daniel Mohs, seeking a change of venue to move the trial away from Kandiyohi County.
During Wednesday’s pre-trial hearing, the West Central Tribune reports Mennis ordered that Mohs will have until May 2 to collect the news media articles that Mohs says constitute significant prejudicial pretrial publicity and write an argument to be considered by the judge.
Matthew Frank, one of two assistant attorneys general prosecuting the case, will have until May 9 to file a response with the court. Frank noted in the hearing that the state is opposed to the change of venue.
Mennis told the attorneys that he would rule on the motion as soon as possible.
Robert “Robbie” Warwick was indicted on two first-degree murder charges for his alleged role in the July 29, 2013, killing of his grandmother, 79-year-old Lila Warwick, at her home along the east edge of Willmar.
He faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted.