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State finishes witness testimony in Moore beheading trial

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NORMAN, Okla. - State prosecutors called their final witness Wednesday in the trial of a beheading suspect.

Alton Nolen is accused of beheading a coworker and attacking another inside Vaughan Foods in September 2014. Colleen Hufford died as a result of her injuries. Traci Johnson was critically injured but survived.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors played two tapes of investigators questioning Nolen in 2014 after the incident.

On one tape, Nolen admitted beheading Hufford and attacking Johnson after getting a knife from his home and claimed he felt "oppressed." Johnson had reported Nolen to supervisors after an altercation at the plant earlier that day. He was suspended shortly after.

When asked why he did it, Nolen answered on tape "He (Allah) want us to get the oppressors out of this place." and claimed Vaughan Foods would have been a "better place" without people who oppressed him.

An investigator said, on tape, most people of the Muslim faith do not have the same interpretation of the Quran as Nolen. He [Nolen] said he did not have guidance studying it.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said the case could take several weeks to complete.

"The case is unique in that we have eyewitnesses. In a homicide case, you usually have the defendant and the victim. You have to piece together with circumstance evidence," Mashburn said. "It is rare you have many eyewitnesses."

The state called more than 20 witnesses to the stand, with their final witness Wednesday being the Dr. Clay Nichols. He performed Hufford's autopsy, testifying her cause of death was indeed a homicide.

The defense will begin their presentation of evidence on Monday.