Man convicted of second-degree murder for summer Peoria stabbing

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The man accused of stabbing another man over the summer has been convicted of second-degree murder.

James L. Watkins Jr. of Peoria was found guilty Wednesday for the July homicide of 29-year-old Kang Abel, also of Peoria. Watkins faces up to 20 years in prison.

The July 2 stabbing happened behind the Parkview Estates apartments. Autopsy results from Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood show Abel had two stab wounds to his lower abdomen and suffered “detrimental blood loss.” 

Wednesday, Peoria County Circuit Judge Kevin Lyon revoked Watkins’ bond. He is eligibale for probation and, at the minimum, faces four years in prison. 

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