Man charged with beheading co-worker says he wants to be executed

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Oklahoma man in beheading murder wants to be executed: psychologist.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A clinical psychologist testified Tuesday that an Oklahoma man charged with beheading a co-worker at a food-processing plant is mentally incompetent to face a murder trial because he wants the death penalty and won’t help attorneys prepare his defense. Anita Russell told a court in Norman, south of Oklahoma City, during a competency trial that 31-year-old suspect Alton Nolen refuses to help his attorneys with his defense and has asked to be put to death.

In September 2014, Nolen was arrested on suspicion of attacking Hufford with a knife and beheading her at Vaughan Foods in the city of Moore, police said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also been examining Nolen’s background for any potential religious ties to the attack after former colleagues said he had tried to convert them to Islam. However, during cross-examination by prosecutors, Russell conceded that Nolen received a couple of A-grades on some psychology courses he took during a short period in college. Throughout the hearing, Nolen, dressed in an orange-prison-issued jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and ankles, sat at the defense table with his head bowed and his eyes closed. He then repeatedly stabbed co-worker Traci Johnson before he was shot by Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer.

District Attorney Greg Mashburn has said Nolen had “some sort of infatuation with beheadings,” but that the attack appeared to have more to do with his suspension than his religious conversion.

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