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Charge Upgraded to Murder Against Quincy Man

WGIL Newsroom . State News 143

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A Quincy man is now charged with first-degree murder after the death of a man whose throat he is accused of slashing.

Prosecutors on Monday upgraded the charge against 27-year-old Alex T. Koehler, who previously was charged with attempted first-degree murder. Koehler is accused in the death of 56-year-old Robert J. Owens of Quincy, who died Saturday. Authorities say Owens was stabbed on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the two men knew each other.

Koehler was arrested Wednesday after police found Owens with his throat slashed. Police say they recovered the knife allegedly used in the attack.

Koehler is jailed in Adams County on $1 million bond. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports Koehler appeared in court Monday with his public defender, Brett Jansen. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 6.

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