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Jury Takes Less Than Two Hours To Reach Verdict

Panel quickly says No to Defiance’s Ploy

NORMAN--Alton Alexander Nolen was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder and five assault crimes for beheading one co-worker at a Moore food plant and attacking five others in 2014. His jury quickly rejected his insanity defense, reaching the guilty verdict in less than two hours. Mr. Nolen, 33, of Moore, had no reaction as Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley read the verdict. He sat with his head down, his eyes closed and his fingers in his ears, as he has throughout the trial. The jury returned Monday and began the trial’s penalty phase. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Mr. Nolen, a Muslim convert, confessed to Moore police and the FBI after he was shot inside Vaughan Foods on Sept. 25, 2014, and arrested. He admitted from his hospital bed that he beheaded one woman at the plant and tried to behead another after being suspended from his job. He claimed he was acting in the name of Allah and following the law of the Quran. “I felt oppressed,” he said, in recordings played for the jury during the trial. “You know all I was doing was…what I was supposed to do as a Muslim.” Killed was Colleen Hufford, 54, a customer services representative who was attacked from...To Read More...subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper