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Hearing delayed for grandson in Willmar killing

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Hearing delayed for grandson in Willmar killing
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

WILLMAR — A court hearing Thursday for a Willmar teen accused of plotting to kill his grandmother was delayed at his attorney’s request.

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Robert Warwick, 17, is one of three teens charged in the strangulation and stabbing death of Lila Warwick, 79. He is charged with second-degree murder with intent-not premeditated and liability for crimes of another.

His probable cause hearing was rescheduled for Sept. 9. A hearing to discuss whether he will be tried in adult court will also be delayed. It had been scheduled for Aug. 30.

Judge David Mennis approved the delay at the request of public defender Ramona Lackore. Assistant County Attorney Stephen Wentzell did not object to the delay.

No specific reason was given for the delay.

During the three-minute court appearance, Warwick sat at the defense table with his mother, Jennifer, and two attorneys. Mennis said he was to remain in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center.

The juvenile delinquency petition filed against Warwick states that he was the mastermind of the plan to rob and kill his grandmother and believed she had a safe in the house with access to $40,000.

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