By Michael Peppers
About eight hours after finding a dead man on Rockford's southeast side, police think they have the person who killed him.
It's all in a day's work for Rockford investigators as they try to solve the murder of 47-year-old Terry Johnson.
Johnson's body was found about 9 a.m. Monday morning in the backyard of his home at 1802 S. 4th Street. Detectives discovered he was stabbed to death.
Then at 6:45 p.m., Rockford Police sent 13 News a press release saying they had a suspect in custody; 59-year-old Raymond Gitchel. He's charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder.
Neighbors of the victim say they had noticed suspicious activity around Johnson's house and changes in his behavior.
"This guy used to be a really nice guy," said area resident Daniel Keczynski. "Mowing his grass at least once a week, you know, he was a really nice guy and...past five years ago at least, he just fell off. Last summer, the grass is taller than I was and, he just, fell off."
Police have chosen not to release Raymond Gitchel's photo at this time.
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