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State wants DNA from Willmar murder suspect

WILLMAR — A Willmar teen charged with the July 29 murder of 79-year-old woman will have to provide a DNA sample.

During a brief court appearance Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court, Assistant State’s Attorney General Matthew Frank made a formal request to Judge Donald Spilseth that the state be allowed to collect DNA from Brok Junkermeier.

Frank said DNA is needed as the state tests forensic evidence collected from Junkermeier's home and car, where blood was reportedly found.

Blood found at the scene of the murder and on the murder weapon, which was described in the police report as a sword-type knife, also will be tested for DNA, Frank said.

Junkermeier, 19, is charged with second-degree murder for strangling and stabbing Lila Warwick, a great-grandmother who lived alone in her home on the edge of Willmar.

Two other Willmar teens, Devon James Jenkins, 16, and Robbie Warwick — the 17-year-old grandson of Lila Warwick who is alleged to have devised the murder plan — are also charged with second-degree murder and liability for crimes of another.

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