Psychologist: Oklahoman charged in beheading wants execution

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Competency trial resumes for Oklahoma man in beheading death.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Testimony is scheduled to resume in a trial to determine whether a man accused in the beheading death of his co-worker in Oklahoma is mentally competent to be tried for first-degree murder. NORMAN — A Muslim murder defendant accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food plant wants to plead guilty and be executed, a psychologist revealed Monday. “Death is nothing,” Alton Alexander Nolen told the psychologist, according to her testimony. “We all have to die. … The non-jury trial resumes Tuesday for 31-year-old Alton Nolen, who is charged in the September 2014 slaying of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at a food processing plant in Moore. This world is something to be enjoyed briefly.” Nolen, a Muslim convert, wants to accept the death penalty because of his religious beliefs, psychologist Jeanne Russell told a judge. “That is what he said,” she testified.

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. He had started working at the Moore food distribution plant in January 2013 while at a halfway house for felons finishing prison sentences, records show.

Police reported in a court affidavit Nolen “openly admitted” he beheaded a co-worker, Colleen Hufford, 54, of Moore, with a large kitchen knife and attempted to behead another co-worker, Traci J. 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. She testified he scored 62 and 69 on IQ tests and is mentally retarded, a term still used in Oklahoma law even though it has become offensive in society.

Nolen is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. 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.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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