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Charges laid in beating death of Korean war veteran at Island nursing home

Tribal police lay charges against 64-year-old Wkiwemikong resident

As reported by the Manitoulin Expositor, charges have been laid against a Wikwemikong man in the beating death of a nursing home resident last August.

On Aug. 30, 2017, Jim Still, 85, a Korean War veteran, suffered what has been described as a vicious beating that led to his death. A pacifist after coming home from the war, Still was a paratrooper who performed night-time reconnaissance missions and was a Golden Glove boxer, nicknamed "Gentleman Jim."

On June 8, nearly a year after Still's death, Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service laid charges against a 64-year-old Wikwemikong man. Joseph Mark Edwards was arrested and charged with assault and aggravated assault.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on June 15.

The investigation continues under the direction of Detective Inspector Mark Zulinski of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Coroner – Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) in Sudbury.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service at (705) 859-3141.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.