Oklahoma beheading suspect ordered to trial


Alton Nolen faces the death penalty for the 2014 beheading

The first Islamist-inspired knife attack of note on US soil was the 2014 beheading at an Oklahoma food processor. It was ended when the company COO used his private firearm to shoot Alton Nolen and stop the attack (imagine that!). Nolen had a preliminary hearing today where the case was given the go-ahead from the judge.

From ABCNews:

An Oklahoma judge says a man accused of beheading a co-worker at the food processing plant where they worked must stand trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Alton Nolen is accused of beheading Colleen Hufford in September 2014 at a food plant in Moore. Special Judge Steve Stice heard testimony Friday from three people, including a man who witnessed the attack.

Gary Hazelrigg said he was speaking with Hufford when Nolen burst into the office carrying a large knife, and that he wouldn’t stop attacking Hufford even after other employees tried to intervene.

Nolen was previously found competent to stand trial. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors have indicated they will seek the death penalty.

Here’s to hoping all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. The case is bombproof unless someone blows it. I hope they take his corpse and compost it with pork by-product from the plant. But that is just me.


  1. jlottmc says:

    Instances like this almost make me want to see an exception clause in the eighth amendment, and allow some cruel and unusual punishment. Then I get to thinking that it would be the gooberment that would get to make that determination, and I see all kinds of abuse potential. I do wish the COO had demonstrated better marksmanship though, and convinced the board to allow armed self defense.

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