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Quincy man now facing first-degree murder charge

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The man accused of slashing another man's throat last week during an incident on Quincy's southwest side is now facing first-degree murder charges.

Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard amended on Monday morning the charge he brought against Alex T. Koehler, 27, after the man Koehler is accused of attacking, Robert J. Owens, 56, died. Owens, of 934 Payson, died at 6:53 p.m. Saturday at Blessing Hospital.

If convicted, Koehler could face between 20 and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the Class M felony. He originally was charged with attempted first-degree murder, a Class X felony with a sentencing range of between six and 30 years in prison.

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 first listed in critical condition and later died.

Koehler remains in the Adams County Jail after his bond was set at $1 million during a hearing last week in Adams County Court. He appeared in court Monday with his attorney, Public Defender Brett Jansen. Koehler's next scheduled court appearance is for a preliminary hearing Aug. 6 in front of Judge Scott Walden.

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