During his trial for murder and assault, Alton Nolen, the Muslim who beheaded one woman and stabbed another in Oklahoma reportedly told police what his motivations were for the act. According to police, Nolen said he felt oppressed because he was a Muslim working at the food processing plant.
Police asked Alton if he felt regret for what he had done. Alton replied:
“I don’t feel regret, because you know what I’ve done. That’s probably going to make Vaughan Foods a better place to work for a Muslim.”
Say what? Yes, I’m sure his beheading of a coworker is going to make other coworkers and management warm up to those of the Muslim faith.
According to The Blaze:
What happened during the attack?
In September of 2014, Nolen was suspended from his job at Vaughan Foods because a co-worker said that they had gotten into an argument after he said he didn’t like white people. Nolen returned with a knife,stabbed and beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, and attacked Traci Johnson, the woman who had issued the complaint about him.
Is he claiming insanity as a defense?
Yes, his lawyers are arguing that he was not in his right mind at the time of the attack, while prosecutors are trying to show that he was acting purposely and deliberately with full mental capacities.
The Blaze added:
Was radical Islam one of his motiviations?
Authorities have presented as evidence in the trial that Nolen had a Koran and other “written scripture” in his apartment at the time of the attack. His Facebook page alsohad many signs of Islamic radicalization, including posts claiming, “Sharia Law is coming!!” and exhibiting pictures of beheadings and the Taliban.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the ongoing trial.
A witness at the trial recalled the killing of Hufford, according to a report at KFOR:
The first witness called to the stand was an employee of Vaughan Foods, now Fresh Creative Foods, and an eyewitness to the incident.
The employee testified that Hufford went into his office that day regarding a work order problem when Nolen allegedly came up behind her, pulling her forehead back and exposing her neck before bringing a knife across her throat. He says Nolen then pushed her body into the hallway before proceeding to cut her throat “as deeply and as violently as he could.”
He described the incident as “horrific” and “something you shouldn’t have to see.”
The cross examination, conducted by defense attorney Mitch Solomon, was relatively short. The witness was mainly questioned on the moments Nolen allegedly came at him with a knife, noting he held up a chair to create a barrier. He also told the court Nolen was distracted at some point and turned the corner.
Nolen’s lawyer is trying to make the case that his client was mentally incapacitated at the time. Prosecutors have countered that argument with tapes revealing what he did and by virtue of the fact that the attack was well planned and deliberate. He showed no signs of hallucinations or of hearing voices. He was ruled competent and is eligible for the death penalty.
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