Man Accused of Stabbing Death Makes Court Appearance
POSTED 2:04pm 1/22/13 An Oneida man accused of fatally stabbing a Galesburg man during an early Sunday morning altercation now faces nine felony counts in the case.

That was learned during a brief hearing via videoconference in Knox County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon in the case of 25-year old Kai Lefler.

Assistant State's Attorney Elisa Tanner has filed four counts of First-Degree Murder, two counts of Second-Degree Murder, and single counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and Aggravated Battery.

Lefler was arrested Sunday morning -- hours after he allegedly stabbed 23-year old Robert Kilgore during a disturbance at 18 Chestnut Street.

Kilgore was pronounced dead at a Peoria hospital later Sunday morning.

Bond was set Monday at $1 million in the case. Tuesday, Judge James Standard appointed Public Defender Jim Harrell to represent Lefler, and set another hearing for Monday at 11 am.

Lefler, at various points during the hearing, told Standard he didn't understand why he was in a court hearing, and asked Standard why he was smiling, saying "Why do you smile? Is it your job?" Standard said he wouldn't address the matter.

Lefler could face as much as 60 years in prison for each First-Degree Murder charge if convicted, and as much as 15-years in prison for each Second-Degree Murder charge.

(Kai Lefler)

(Robert Kilgore)
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