District Attorney responds to Vaughan Foods victim’s interview on national network

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MOORE, Okla. -- It was last September at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore when Alton Nolen allegedly went on a shocking crime spree.

Investigators say Nolen had just gotten suspended from work that morning and went back to the plant where he beheaded co-worker Colleen Hufford.

Witnesses say he was in the process of killing Traci Johnson in the same manner, when the plant’s chief operating officer, Mark Vaughan, grabbed a gun and shot him.

Johnson gave an interview to a national media outlet Wednesday night, saying she felt like she was a victim of terrorism.

Now some people are upset that Nolen hasn’t been charged with that.

“He got a hold of my face, he got ahold of my right index finger and wouldn't stop,” Johnson told Fox News Wednesday night.

Later in the interview, the anchor criticized local law enforcement for not treating the beheading as an act of terror.

“With him the way he was, being Muslim, and everything like that, that’s why I think it was a terrorist attack,” Johnson said.

You’ll remember, the attack came just days after ISIS beheaded a British aid worker.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn has gotten hate mail since that story aired.

He says the FBI fully investigated and determined that Nolen’s Muslim religion was not a factor. They say he acted out of anger.

“I have not characterized this as workplace violence, I have not characterized it as an act of terrorism. It is first degree murder and we are proceeding on the first degree murder,” Mashburn said.

Mashburn is seeking the death penalty against Nolen, the ultimate punishment whether “terrorism” is the charge or not.

“In this case, he made no demands of either a population or our government, so the Oklahoma definition of terrorism, it just doesn’t fit,” Mashburn said.

Most of this case is sealed, but we know there will be a hearing next month to determine whether Nolen is competent to stand trial, another step before there’s ever justice for the victims of that horrifying day in Moore.

Nolen is charged with a total of 6 counts, including first degree murder.

His case has been cold since March because he has undergone examinations to determine whether he is mentally competent. A Cleveland County judge has postponed a conference with attorneys on the status of the case from Thursday, July 30 until September 15.

If the court finds him mentally incompetent, the death penalty is off the table.

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