Man is sentenced to death for beheading
A jury Thursday recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014.
Jurors convicted Alton Nolen, 33, on Sept. 29 of killing Colleen Hufford, 54, and trying to kill another co-worker at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.
Jurors agreed on Oct. 2 that Nolen should serve three life sentences plus 130 years in prison on assault and battery charges stemming from his attack on the co-worker who survived.
Jurors took less than three hours Thursday to recommend the death penalty on the firstdegree murder charge.
Investigators said Nolen had just been suspended from his job at the Vaughan Foods plant when he walked inside the company’s administrative office and attacked his co-workers.
Nolen had repeatedly tried to plead guilty and asked to be executed, but Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley declined to accept his plea. One of Nolen’s attorneys had questioned whether his client was mentally competent to enter a guilty plea.