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Continued: Willmar murder case will focus on roles: mastermind, lookout, killer

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 28, 2014 - 2:17 PM

“Sometimes good people do really bad things.”

Grandson the mastermind?’

When people learn that attorney Daniel Mohs is representing Robert Warwick, “the first thing that comes out of their mouths is, ‘Oh, you’ve got the organizer, the mastermind, you’ve got the planner,” he said.

But he pushes back. Robert Warwick might have plotted to burglarize his grandmother’s house and steal her money, Mohs said in an interview. “But I don’t think there was a plot to intentionally kill her.”

Instead, Mohs suggested that Junkermeier surprised the others by killing Lila Warwick, who was 5-foot-3 and 110 pounds. Marshall declined to comment on that idea.

The 16-year-old “lookout,” Devon James Jenkins, pleaded guilty in January to one count of unintentional second-degree murder. His sentence included a pair of correctional programs, 100 hours of community service annually and probation until age 21, according to court records.

Jenkins is expected to testify at Junkermeier’s trial, as is Robert Warwick. The prosecution lists four dozen possible witnesses, including neighbors, teenage friends and detectives.

Evidence includes a pair of handcuffs, autopsy photos, cellphone records and surveillance video from Bremer Bank of Junkermeier cashing the check Lila Warwick had written him.

Ekbom, of Brooklyn Park, plans to attend the trial, despite trepidation about seeing “pictures of my mom that no person should have to see of a person who they love.”

Although they want Junkermeier to “pay the price,” Lila Warwick’s relatives “are not vengeful, hateful people,” Ekbom said. “My mom wasn’t like that … and I am so mindful of doing the honorable thing for her.

“I hate evil,” Ekbom said. “But I don’t hate this person.”


Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168


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