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Continued: Jury hears gory details in Willmar teen's murder trial

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 29, 2014 - 7:49 AM

“Yeah,” Reanne said. Then she threw her head down, her dark hair shielding her face as she cried.

Fellow churchgoers testified Monday that Lila Warwick was a dedicated volunteer whose absence at a church dinner the night of her death was noticed. Longtime friend and church secretary Lori Schroeder said she had called Warwick’s home phone Monday morning to check on organizing the baked goods for an upcoming funeral.

When Lila didn’t answer, “I didn’t think much of it,” Schroeder said. “She usually wasn’t home. She was very active.”

But when she missed volunteering at the dinner that night, Schroeder started to worry. After trying her cellphone — which she always had “right next to her in case her grandkids called” — and stopping by her house, Schroeder called 911.

Deputies found blood in the garage and the kitchen before discovering Lila Warwick’s body downstairs. Jurors saw photographs Friday of her lying dead on the basement floor, blood coming from her mouth and pooling around her handcuffed hand.

 

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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