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Continued: Willmar trial: Man allegedly admitted he killed friend’s grandmother

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 31, 2014 - 9:10 PM

A trail of blood droplets through the house mirrored the scene painted by prosecutors in opening statements Friday. They say Junkermeier ambushed Warwick in the garage with a 20-inch knife, cutting her hands before leading her inside.

She got blood on the first check, prosecutors said, so Junkermeier bandaged her hands before she wrote another. Investigators found bloodied paper towels in the kitchen and a box of bandages in the bathroom.

When prosecutors showed a close-up of Warwick’s body, blood coming from her mouth, Junkermeier turned his head and lowered his gaze.

Hoffer and Stegeman testified that in her final moments, Lila Warwick tried to convince Junkermeier that she could help him — that God could help him. “That he didn’t have to do this,” Hoffer said.

But Junkermeier responded that God is “not going to save her.”

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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