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Survivor Gives Details at Trial Of Defendant


NORMAN--The survivor of a beheading attempt three years ago told jurors Monday she fought with her assailant, screaming for help as he sliced at her neck with a blood-dripped knife.

“He wouldn’t stop,” Traci Johnson, 46, said of the beheading attempt at a Moore food plant on Sept. 25, 2014.

“He was just going back and forth like he was cutting a piece of meat.”

She identified her attacker as murder defendant Alton Alexander Nolen, who had just been suspended from his job at Vaughan Foods.

“I didn’t know what to do or think,” the witness said. “I was trying to get him off of me and he wouldn’t get off.”

Mr. Nolen, 33, of Moore, is accused of beheading one co-worker, Colleen Hufford, and attempting to behead Mrs. Johnson.

She was saved when the company’s then-chief operating officer, Mark Vaughan, interrupted the attack, according to testimony Monday.

The testimony from Mrs. Johnson marked the first time since the assault she has been near Mr. Nolen. A prosecutor held her hand as she walked to the witness stand. She glanced at Mr. Nolen with apprehension as she testified.

Mr. Nolen sat with his head down, his eyes closed and his fingers in his ears; a posture he has taken during the testimony of every witness.

“I know you’re very nervous, and that’s O.K.,” Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley told Mrs. Johnson.

“Sorry, this is rough,” Mrs. Johnson said during her testimony....

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