Judge refuses to accept guilty plea from Oklahoma man accused in co-worker’s beheading

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Alton Nolen mugshot

OKLAHOMA CITY – A man charged with beheading a co-worker with a butcher knife at an Oklahoma food processing plant attempted to enter a guilty plea to first-degree murder.

Investigators say 31-year-old Alton Nolen had just been suspended from his job at Vaughan Foods when he walked into the company’s administrative office and attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, severing her head.

They say he also stabbed another co-worker, who survived, before he was shot by a company executive.

In October, a judge rejected claims that Nolen is mentally impaired and found him competent to stand trial.

Alton Nolen was arraigned in a Cleveland County courtroom Thursday for the September 2014 attack.

Nolen attempted to plead guilty to the murder charge on Thursday.

However, the judge said she wouldn’t accept his plea because his attorneys and the district attorney had not struck a deal.

His next court date is now set for May 20.