Tuesday, April 11, 2017
You'll Remember this Islamic Heartland Horror; UPDATE
Lovingly lifted from US News & World Report :
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday said she couldn't accept a guilty plea from a man charged with beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant because the defendant refused to speak to her.
Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley instead ordered a jury trial for 32-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen, whom sheriff's deputies had to subdue as he entered the courtroom.
Nolen said in May 2016 he wanted to plead guilty and be sentenced to death in the 2014 beheading of Colleen Hufford, 54, at Vaughan Foods in Moore. But he was required to acknowledge that he stood by the guilty plea in order for sentencing to begin.
"If you continue to not talk to me, I will have no choice but to reject your plea and set this matter for a jury trial," Walkley said.
It's reported by KTOK radio, that Nolen stuck his fingers into his ears, in order not to hear Judge Walkley's questions~
Walkley last week heard the results of a mental examination she had ordered for Nolen, then ruled him competent to plea.
Nolen, a recent convert to Islam, allegedly attacked a woman at a Vaughan Foods processing plant, soon after he learned he’d lost his job there.
Police said he walked into the front office and attacked one of the first people he encountered, Colleen Hufford, 54.
He severed her head with a knife and then attacked 43-year-old Traci Johnson.
Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.
Authorities say Nolen launched the attack in September 2014 at Vaughan Foods after the company suspended him for racial remarks. He killed Hufford and tried to kill co-worker Traci Johnson, also by decapitation, before he was shot by a company executive who was also an Oklahoma County Sheriff's reserve deputy.
And this, from CNCPunishment(dot)com :
The alleged suspect, Alton Nolen, 30, was recently fired from Vaughn Foods in Moore prior to Thursday’s attack. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told KFOR that Nolen drove to the front of the business and struck a vehicle before walking inside.
He then attacked Colleen Hufford, 54, stabbing her several times before severing her head. He also stabbed another woman at the plant, 43-year-old Traci Johnson.
Lewis said Mark Vaughn, the company’s chief operating officer and a reserve county deputy, shot Nolen as he was stabbing Johnson, who remains hospitalized in stable condition.
“He’s a hero in this situation,” Lewis told the station. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
Nolen was apparently attacking employees at random, authorities said. The motive for the attack is unclear, but FBI officials are now reportedly probing whether Nolen’s recent conversion to Islam is somehow linked to the crime.
Lewis said he does not yet know what charges will be filed against Nolen, adding that police are waiting until he's conscious to arrest him. Authorities said he had no prior connection to either woman.
Nolen, according to state corrections records, was convicted in January 2011 of multiple felony drug offenses, assault and battery on a police officer and escape from detention. He was released from prison in March 2013.
“After conducting interviews with coworkers of Nolen, information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert some of his coworkers to the Muslim religion,” Moore Police Department officer Jeremy Lewis said at a press conference Friday.
Nolen is charged with first-degree murder; 2 counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon; and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.