Quincy man now charged with murder in knife attack

Alex Koehler was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Quincy attack

A Quincy man arrested in connection to a knife attack last week is now charged with murder after his victim died.

According to Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard, 27-year-old Alex Koehler faces two charges of first degree murder.

Police arrested Koehler in Mendon, Illinois on Wednesday, July 9 after they say he attacked 56-year-old Robert Owens in the 900 block of Payson Avenue with a knife.

Owens suffered a serious injury and died at Blessing Hospital on Saturday evening.

Barnard was unable to comment on possible motive in the attack, but was able to tell KHQA that a fight escalated in a lethal way.

"The two charges of first degree murder ... allege that the victims' throat was slashed, that he was stabbed in the neck and kicked in the head, which caused his death," Barnard said.

Bernard had no comment on the relationship between the two men, but could say that they were known to each other and lived together from time to time.