Jury trial ordered for Oklahoma workplace beheading suspect


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has refused to accept a guilty plea from a man charged with beheading one co-worker and trying to behead another at a food processing plant.

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley instead ordered a jury trial for 32-year-old Alton Nolen after Nolen refused to speak to her during a hearing Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies had to subdue Nolen when he caused a disturbance while entering the courtroom.

Nolen said in May 2016 he wanted to plead guilty and be sentenced to death for the 2014 beheading of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at Vaughan Foods in Moore.

After hearing the results of a mental examination she had ordered for Nolen, Walkley last week ruled him competent to plea.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.