Coroner says Quincy man whose throat was slashed on Wednesday has died

Posted: Jul. 12, 2014 11:40 pm Updated: Jul. 27, 2014 12:15 am


A Quincy man whose throat was slashed on Wednesday has died.

Adams County Coroner James Keller said Robert J. Owens, 56, died at 6:53 p.m. Saturday in Blessing Hospital.

"The cause of death was injuries sustained in the stabbing," Keller said.

Alex T. Koehler, 27, was accused of attempted first-degree murder in the attack. He remains in the Adams County Jail after his bond was set at $1 million during a hearing last week in Adams County Court.

Koehler was arrested Wednesday afternoon hours after Quincy police responded to a well-being check at 934 Payson Ave at 11:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found Owens with his throat slashed.

Owens was taken by ambulance to Blessing where he was in critical condition and later died.

Koehler was found by Adams County Sheriff's Department deputies at about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Quincy police said a knife allegedly used in the incident was recovered.

The two men knew each other, and State's Attorney Jon Barnard said Koehler lived with Owens "from time to time."

Koehler was arrested last year in three separate felony cases, and according to records obtained from the circuit clerk's office,Owens posted $2,000 bond for Koehler on those cases Jan. 14.

Quincy police listed Koehler's address as 934 Payson Ave., but he is listed as homeless on the state of Illinois' sex offender registry.

Koehler's next court appearance is Wednesday, July 16, for an initial appearance with counsel.

Funeral arrangements for Owens are pending at Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.