Doctors disagree about Moore beheading suspect’s competency

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A judge will decide Wednesday whether the man accused in the 2014 beheading of a woman in Moore is competent to stand trial.

Investigators say Alton Nolen is facing the death penalty for first-degree murder for the brutal attack on his coworkers inside their workplace.

On Sept. 25, 2014, authorities say  Nolen stabbed 54-year-old Colleen Hufford multiple times and beheaded her inside the Vaughan Foods distribution center.

After attacking Hufford, Nolen is accused of stabbing 43-year-old Traci Johnson numerous times before being shot by Mark Vaughan, the former CEO of the company and a reserve sheriff's deputy.

Hufford died from her injuries, but Johnson survived.

Nolen's attorneys say he isn't competent to stand trial and that he tested in mental retardation range when evaluated by their expert.

Most of the testimony on Tuesday came from the state's medical expert, who evaluated Nolen back in April.

The doctor testified that in his opinion, Nolen is competent to stand trial.

He said that Nolen made it clear to him that he was unhappy his competency was being questioned.

The alleged suspect also told both the state's doctor and the defense team's expert that he wanted to be put to death.

Nolen reportedly claimed what he did was justified because of the way he was 'mistreated' at work.

The state's doctor testified that Nolen told him he was aware of the charges against him and he also knew the penalties.

According to the doctor, Nolen said he didn't have any concerns about the death penalty and wasn't worried about the afterlife, saying he's Muslim.

Nolen's attorney criticized the state's doctor, saying he only evaluated Nolen for an hour. His attorney claims that he is intellectually disabled and unable to help with his legal defense.

However, medical experts were not the only ones who took the stand on Tuesday.

The court also heard from Nolen's high school football coach and former players. They testified that Nolen was a good-natured kid who was known to break up fights at school.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented closing arguments late Tuesday afternoon.

The judge is expected to make her decision by noon on Wednesday.

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