Oklahoma judge rules beheading suspect competent for trial

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Decision on Oklahoma beheading suspect competency out today.

A man who allegedly beheaded his coworker at a food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma, last year has been deemed fit to stand trial by a judge who heard opposing testimony from psychologists. A forensic psychologist told a court in Norman, south of Oklahoma City, during the trial this week that Nolen wants to be executed and that he was not cooperating with his defense team. Testimony at a trial on Nolen’s competency concluded yesterday, with defence lawyer Ben Brown telling Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley that, according to the evidence, Nolen is unable to help his lawyers prepare his defence. He wasn’t worried about the afterlife.” “He won’t consider any kind of defences,” Dr Russell testified. “He’s saying, ‘I’ll take the death penalty,’ — that’s it.

He’s unable or unwilling to consult with counsel.” Investigators said Nolen had just been suspended from Vaughan Foods in Moore when he walked into the company’s administrative office and attacked Hufford with a large knife, severing her head. 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.

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