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Marcy Oglesby appears in court with upgraded charges for death of former Maquon police chief

The 50-year-old Maquon woman is now accused of murder in addition to the previous charge of concealing a dead body.

KNOX COUNTY, Ill. — The Maquon woman now accused of murdering the person whose body she allegedly hid in a storage unit appeared in court for the first time since receiving upgraded charges.

50-year-old Marcy Oglesby appeared in Knox County Court on Wednesday, Feb. 8 for a preliminary hearing on new charges, which include first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery by administering a dangerous substance and concealment of a homicide death.

The incident dates back to Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, when Knox County deputies responded to the Maquon storage unit after complaints of a suspicious smell. The deputies contacted the facility's manager and Oglesby, the unit's renter, and began a search. 

Oglesby claimed that the smell came from an opossum that had previously died in the unit. When police came across a large box that she refused to open, Oglesby admitted that there was a body inside it. She was then taken into custody and received her initial charge of concealment of death.

Prior to the new charges, she pled not guilty to concealment of death — a Class 4 Felony.

The victim's family appeared at the hearing, confirming his identity to be Richard Young, a former Maquon Police Chief. A toxicology report was also shown, which revealed that a high level of a toxic chemical commonly found in eyedrops was found in Young's system. 

"It's hard to wrap your head around that somebody could be so evil," Young's former sister-in-law Denise Kruzan said.

News 8 also spoke with Young's former brother-in-law, Art Goodrich, who said he protected the city of Maquon for more than 30 years.

"He was always good to me, he was always respectful, he was always friendly," Goodrich said.

Kruzan and Goodrich are the aunt and uncle of Young's children.

At the hearing, prosecutors asked Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Jeremy Moore about his interview with Oglesby. Attorneys from both sides asked about Oglesby's relationship with Youngs — they were supposedly in a romantic relationship.

"I don't know if I'll ever find out... but I'd be curious to know what the attraction was," Goodrich said.

"It takes a certain level of evil to be putting poison in your food and drinks... you know to kill somebody off," Goodrich said.

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