Oklahoma man guilty in 2014 beheading of co-worker

Alton Nolen, accused of beheading co-worker Colleen Hufford in September 2014, is escorted from a courtroom in Norman, Okla. this past April.

 (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

An Oklahoma man was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the 2014 beheading of his co-worker at a food processing plant. 

Jurors deliberated for about two hours before finding 33-year-old Alton Nolen guilty in the death of 54-year-old Coleen Hufford.

The jury also convicted Nolen of assault and battery with a deadly weapon for attempting to behead a second co-worker at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty.

Investigators said Nolen had just been suspended from his job when he walked into the company’s administrative office and attacked Hufford. Authorities said Nolen stabbed another co-worker, who survived, before he was shot by a company executive.

Defense attorneys argued that Nolen is mentally ill and didn’t know his actions were wrong, with one attorney saying that their client had created his own religion in his mind that “doesn’t make sense to anyone else.” But prosecutors said Nolen knew…

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