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Montrose man appears in court on Meeker County murder charge

Alejandro Vega

A Montrose man was arraigned on a murder charge in Wright County District Court in Buffalo Monday.

Alejandro Vega, age 36, was arrested New Year’s Day during a traffic stop on Highway 12, three days after authorities found the body of 34-year-old Justin Warnke of Buffalo along a street in Kingston Township in Meeker County. Vega and the victim were reportedly Facebook friends.

Vega’s next court appearance is January 21st. Unconditional bail was set by Judge Geoffrey Tenny at $2 million dollars.

Court records say Warnke had recently been released from prison after serving a sentence for Violating a No Contact Order Within 10 years of a previous conviction. Warnke’s body was found on the side of 309th Street in Meeker County on December 29th. A cause and manner of death have not yet been released by Wright County Authorities or the coroner’s office.

(Learfield News Service and JP Cola, KWLM contributed to this story.)


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