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Pekin man now faces murder charge after victim dies from Halloween beating

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A 20-year-old Pekin man now faces murder charges after the man he allegedly beat up died from his injuries.

The original incident happened on Halloween in the 2700 block of Pine Street in Pekin, authorities said. Pekin Police said Kolby Kincade, 20, of Pekin, was initially arrested on property-damage and aggravated battery charges. He was accused of severely beating Richard Wass, 53, who lived at the Pine Street address, authorities said.

Wass died Friday, said Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley. He said Wass' cause of death is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation. Pekin Police said he died "as a result of the injuries sustained during the (Halloween) incident."

Kincade was arrested Tuesday on the new murder charge, police said.

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