Oklahoma Judge to Rule on Beheading Defendant’s Competency

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Competency trial to resume for Oklahoma man accused of first-degree murder in.

NORMAN , Okla. NORMAN (Oklahoma) — A forensic psychologist hired by prosecutors testified yesterday (Oct 27) that a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a suburban Oklahoma City food processing plant is mentally competent, offering a conflicting view on whether the suspect can stand trial on a murder charge.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – An Oklahoma man charged with first-degree murder in the beheading death of a woman at an Oklahoma City-area food-processing plant wants to be executed, a psychologist testified on Monday. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley plans to rule Wednesday on whether 31-year-old Alton Nolen can be tried for the September 2014 attack that killed 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and injured a second co-worker. 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.

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. Anita Russell, a defense witness, testified Nolen is intellectually impaired, cannot communicate with his attorneys and wants to receive the death penalty. 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.

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. 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.

And got a hold of my face, and got a hold of my right index finger, and wouldn’t stop – and I’m screaming for help and didn’t think anybody was going to come around, ‘ Johnson reveals for the first time on FOX News Channel’s The Kelly File in June. On Nolen’s Facebook page, listed under the name Jah’Keem Yisrael, he posted photos of Osama bin Laden and Taliban fighters, along with posts condemning a variety of aspects of American life.

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