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Neighbors react to upgraded murder charges in Quincy stabbing

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The suspect in a Quincy stabbing now faces first degree murder charges after the victim died over the weekend.

According to Adams County State's Attorney, Jon Barnard, 27-year-old Alex Koehler now faces first-degree murder charges after the man he's accused of stabbing last Wednesday, 56-year-old Robert Owens died Saturday evening.

Now, neighbors who knew Koehler, are painting a vivid picture of a man they say should've been put behind bars a long time ago.

"He was not well liked in the neighborhood," Quincy resident Don Smith said. "It just seemed like he was always aggravating people."

Smith wasn't upset to hear charges against his neighbor, Alex Koehler, had been upgraded to first degree murder.

"He would sit on the porch with a laser pen and he would point at the neighbor's house," Smith said. "He was just an aggravating person.The neighbor next door wanted to move because of him. Nothing surprised me about it."

Taylor Riley lives across the street from Koehler with her young daughter. She says she's relieved to hear if convicted, Koehler now faces 20 to 60 years behind bars, under the new charges.
   
"It scares me that there are people in this world and people that live around you that they are quiet, you don't hear from them,"Riley said. "You don't know their life story, you don't know anything about it."

Barnard says upgrading the charges was a move that needed to be made, as the city has seen too many careless acts of violence like this in recent months. 
   
"It never ceases to amaze us how thoughtless casually violent people can be. Every time it occurs, it's a tragedy," Barnard said. "This was a senseless, needless tragedy and loss of a human life."
   
While nothing can take back what happened last Wednesday, neighbors hope the courts will do the memory of Robert Owens justice. 
   
"I just hope the police really throw the book at the guy," Alfred Mason said.
   
"I think he deserves that time that he got sentenced. I hope he gets the max that he deserves,"Riley said.

Koehler is due back in court August 6.
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