Man accused of beheading coworker in Moore bound over for trial

Alton Nolen mugshot

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MOORE, Okla. – The man accused of beheading a coworker in Moore was back in court Friday.

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 claimed that he was not competent to stand trial, adding that he wanted to be put to death and was not helping them create a defense.

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

Defense attorneys also claimed that Nolen tested in the mental retardation range when evaluated by an expert.

But a judge disagreed and ruled that Nolen is competent to stand trial.

Just before noon on Friday, Judge Steve Stice ruled there is enough evidence to send Alton Nolen to trial on six total counts, including first-degree murder.

On Friday, three employees from Vaughan Foods testified.

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