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Video: Oklahoma Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in Beheading Case

October 03, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Oklahoma Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in Beheading Case

An Oklahoma prosecutor filed notice Thursday to seek the death penalty against 30-year-old Alton Nolen, who's accused of decapitating one co-worker and stabbing another in a gruesome attack at a food-processing plant, reports NBC News. The beheading of Colleen Hufford on Sept. 25 was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel," Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said in the filing. He added that "there exists a probability that the defendant will commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society."

Nolen, a convicted felon, faces a first-degree murder charge and two counts of assault for the stabbing rampage at Vaughan Foods in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Authorities say he was on the warpath after getting suspended from his job at the plant. Earlier reports said he had been fired. The co-worker whom he allegedly stabbed, Traci Johnson, had earlier complained that she had an altercation with Nolen "about him not liking white people," Mashburn said. Nolen, who was injured by a plant executive's gun, was released from a hospital and transported to jail Wednesday.

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Michael C. @ 10/4/2014 8:33 AM

First -- a terrible tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the injured and lost.

Second -- "Nolen, who was injured by a plant executive's gun...". Can we chalk this up to another instance where concealed carry helped PREVENT further mayhem and loss of life?

Michael C. @ 10/4/2014 8:38 AM

After further reading looks like NY Times notes "the accused, Alton Nolen, 30, who worked on the production line of a food processing plant in Moore, Okla., remained in a hospital after being shot by the company’s chief operating officer, who is also a reserve deputy sheriff, the authorities said." Great job to the first responder, and still a great example of the chilling effect a good guy with a gun has on a spontaneous violent crime.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/4/2014 10:42 AM

A long slow wait for execution in a high max prison where the prisoners spend 23 hrs in a cell is the best place for him.

Billy @ 10/4/2014 4:25 PM

"Shot by company's COO, who is also a reserve deputy sheriff ..." - carry your gun.

TheRookie @ 10/4/2014 7:32 PM

Can L.E. stop with the PC crap and call it for what it was. "WORK-PLACE TERRORISM" not Work-Place Violence. His attempt to get co-workers to become Islamic, displays on FB, & & words on twitter accounts alone display what it is. Sure being suspended is what allowed him to rationalize his attack but he was already cultivating the planted seed.
Also, Use the term Vaughn CEO & Oklahoma County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mark Vaughn instead of playing it down. He used a rifle to stop the attack. I truly believe that if he'd had his off-duty weapon he would have dusted the POS. But who would think of that in your own owned company. Thank goodness he had the rifle there.

Richard Hightower @ 10/6/2014 9:50 AM

What other penalty could be sought?

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