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9/10/2013 11:48:00 AM
Jokinen indicted on murder charge

A Deschutes County grand jury last week indicted Joshua Jokinen of Pendleton for murder in the beating death of Carolyn Burdick at her home on Kent Road east of Sisters on Saturday, August 31.

The indictment notes that Jokinen was on parole for a previous criminal offense at the time of the killing and that the 78-year-old Burdick was an especially vulnerable person.

Jokinen, age 30, reportedly used a shovel to beat Burdick to death. He later contacted dispatch from a location in Madras Saturday night to report that he had killed a woman near Sisters.

Pastor Frank Fraga of New Hope Christian Center discovered Burdick's body. Fraga told The Nugget that Burdick knew Jokinen and that the connection was through a woman Burdick was trying to help.

Online records indicate that Jokinen has an extensive arrest record including arrests for theft, violation of restraining order and a March 2013 arrest in Umatilla County for parole violation. In 2006 he was sentenced to six years in prison for assaulting a man with a trailer hitch ball, striking him hard enough to fracture his skull.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: TJ Jeanette

I completely AGREE with Nena (previous comment). What are the investigators doing? Charging him "guilty" based on his past? Hopefully they are smarter than doesn't make sense. I hope go deeper into the "other" connections...this woman for instance.

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: nena wooderson

I also would agree that this was truly a horrific and senseless crime. My heart goes out to all victims family & friends. But also believe that theres more to this story. Who else was there? This man was introduced by a woman friend of ms. Burdick, where was she when this happened? I feel the police need to be finding this all out. I dont believe this stranger acted out on this alone. That doesn't make any sense. Who else was there? . There's more to this. You cant take someones past and find them guilty. There's more to this. Where is that mystery woman? The police should be finding her, I'm sure she knows something about this. After all, this man does have somekind of heart or remorse or he wouldn't have called this in. Noone does that. Turns theirself in? It just doesn't happen. My prayers for everyone. And I pray for true justice.

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