Whitehorse Daily Star

Accused due back in court tomorrow

Yukon RCMP have charged a B.C. man with first-degree murder in Whitehorse.

By Emily Blake on July 4, 2017

Yukon RCMP have charged a B.C. man with first-degree murder in Whitehorse.

Edward James Penner, 20, was charged Sunday in connection to the death of Adam Cormack, 25.

Last Wednesday, Cormack’s body was found north of the Old Alaska Highway, west of Whitehorse.

The location was formerly a popular area for sighting rifles.

Penner appeared in territorial court Sunday afternoon.

He has been remanded into custody at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. His next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow in Whitehorse.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit is continuing its investigation into the case. Anyone with information regarding Cormack’s death is asked to contact the RCMP at 667-5555.

This case marks the fourth homicide in Whitehorse since April.

It’s the eighth homicide in the territory that Yukon RCMP have been investigating in the past 11 months.

According to a Prince George, B.C. RCMP press release, Penner is from Quesnel, B.C.

He has lived in Prince George, and has “an extensive history with police.”

He was charged in January 2016 with robbery, disguise with intent, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, resisting arrest, three counts of failure to comply with recognizance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The charges stem from a robbery on the evening of Jan. 19, 2016.

A man entered the BX Cold Beer and Wine Store in Prince George wearing a mask and demanding cash. A store employee co-operated, and the man fled on foot, taking a small amount of cash, cigarettes and beer.

The following evening, RCMP officers located and arrested Penner in possession of a large knife and small quantities of heroin and methamphetamine.

Comments (11)

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Josey Wales on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Hey yukoner72...so true! Funny thing is the powers that be still feel composting and recycling and nagging citizens about the social justice crusade seem to have paralyzed our leaders...if we should call them so?
Parkifying the place is the crusade, all the while willfully ignorant of the actual compost level of our community.
This place as I have bleated prior is not becoming a sh*thole...it already is a sh*thole. How much criminality is captured on our many civic cameras?
We paid for many hundreds of them, statistically some should capture the compost and whom is turning it? Guess we will never know as it would put a negative narrative of this...ahem...town.
How many folks have seen the authorities cruise right on by groups of drunks packing up for the day?
Our civic team needs to pull their collective head out its ass, realign your priorities and get this sh*thole back on track.
Our civic blowholes historically wasted money and heaps of time awarding our "by-law" with powers they choose to not use. They prefer to use that department as a snitch line, revenue generation by feasting like gluttonous pigs on the low hanging fruits....Vs. getting a handle on traffic and the many idiots in it, the public pisstanks...freeing up members from M to do cop stuff, arresting criminals.
Of course the compost we all now smell in our backyard, is a result of many things besides what I whine about. Blue collar crime is increased huge here, as I am most certain white collar crime has too.
Folks trust me, the two are very costly to our community, trouble is only some crime is reported...the white collar type?
Well they have sanitized terms for that, and matters of the sorts are handled "internally"....despite the mountains of public money that often feeds it...and sometimes even...employed said opportunist.

What do blue and white collar criminals have in common?
Simply put, they both destroy communities.
As we clearly can see, ours is!

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Earl Camenbert on Jul 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Sometimes when you choose a lifestyle, it can come back to choose you.
Neither of these young men have "clean hands".
I feel for this young man and for the 20 year old staring at a potential life sentence; they have both made some terrible choices.
What a waste.

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Justin kershaw on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm

I know that guy, EJ Penner. Lock him up and throw away the key.

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yukoner72 on Jul 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm

What is it going to take to return Whitehorse to the friendly, beautiful, peaceful wilderness city that it once was? Today we have 8 murders, merchants resorting to installing bars on the windows to try and survive constant break-ins, tourists being hassled on main street by intoxicated people. Whitehorse is starting to look like East Hastings in Vancouver!

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Where are the inquests on Jul 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

When will YG/FEDS take some responsibility and do an inquest or 2 into this and recent murders. When the murderer is already on probation/well known to this system take a look at who was monitoring the order, were they monitoring the order, were there attempts to engage in breaches/reviews of orders. Take a hard look at the recent murderers in Yukon and dig into their current and past situations, you may find they were all involved with the legal system and were on orders being "monitored".

There is a theme of petty young criminals developing into hardened career criminals who have no value for life or respect of the system. Sadly these offenders get away or have minimal sentences by the time they commit a major crime.

Even sadder for the family of the victims that more than likely the murder could have been avoided if the offender was suitably monitored and/or held accountable by the Canadian justice system at a younger age.

Systemic change is needed. There are many charges laid but too mainly conviction overturned by waiting too long for a tow truck or other ridiculous technicalities. The system is broken and in need of a tune up.

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Matt Newhart on Jul 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Yes drugs are involved in many local murders.

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Rod on Jul 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

I wonder if it was drug related? Duh...god it sucks what the Yukon is becoming. Take your drugs, gangs and thug life and beat it! Leave the Yukon to people who love the outdoors and enjoy its beauty!

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June Jackson on Jul 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm

"He was charged in January 2016 with robbery, disguise with intent, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, resisting arrest, three counts of failure to comply with recognizance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance."

And yet..here he was trolling the streets of Whitehorse, and finally able to add murder to his list of accomplishments. Perhaps, had justice been served to begin with Adam might still be alive. Maybe not, but if not..it would not have been at the hands of Penner.

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JC on Jul 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm

20 years old and already has an extensive history with police. And about to meet Bubba the biker.

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Josey Wales on Jul 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Assuming guilt, assuming conviction....he will be out free before he is 30.
this town....boy what a change in a few mere years, disgraceful!

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