Jokinen arraigned on murder charge

Published Sep 11, 2013 at 05:00AM

Joshua Leo Jokinen, charged with killing a 78-year-old woman outside of Sisters, was arraigned Tuesday on murder charges after an indictment by a Deschutes County grand jury.

Jacques DeKalb, Jokinen’s attorney, filed a motion to preserve evidence, asking that tissue samples and any other information from the autopsy be preserved. Deschutes County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Alta Brady ruled the body could be returned to the family, given that the samples and physical evidence, including notes, were preserved.

Jokinen is being held in the Deschutes County jail without bail. A bail hearing for Jokinen is expected to be held Sept. 23.

According to previous Bulletin reports, Jokinen called law enforcement on Aug. 31 and reported he killed a woman outside Sisters. Almost an hour later, Carolyn Burdick was found dead in her home by her pastor, Frank Fraga, of New Hope Christian Center.

District Attorney Patrick Flaherty, in court Sept. 3, said the victim was bludgeoned to death with a shovel.

— From staff reports