Ok­la­homan con­victed of mur­der in be­head­ing

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation -

NOR­MAN, Okla. — An Ok­la­homa man was con­victed Fri­day of first-de­gree mur­der in the 2014 be­head­ing of a co-worker at a food pro­cess­ing plant.

Ju­rors de­lib­er­ated for about two hours be­fore find­ing 33-year-old Al­ton Nolen guilty in the death of 54-year-old Coleen Hufford.

The jury also con­victed Nolen of as­sault and bat­tery with a deadly weapon for at­tempt­ing to be­head a sec­ond co-worker at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, a sub­urb of Ok­la­homa City. Pros­e­cu­tors have said they would seek the death penalty.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Nolen had just been sus­pended from his job when he walked into the com­pany’s ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice and at­tacked Hufford. Au­thor­i­ties said Nolen stabbed an­other co­worker, who sur­vived, be­fore he was shot by a com­pany ex­ec­u­tive.

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