Man accused in Oklahoma beheading in court for plea hearing

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker and wounding another during a 2014 workplace attack is in court where he’s expected to try again to plead guilty to first-degree murder.

Alton Nolen tried to plead guilty in February and told Judge Lori Walkley that he wanted a death sentence, but she declined to accept the plea and scheduled Friday’s hearing to continue considering the request.

Nolen’s attorney has raised questions about his client’s mental competency, but Walkley has deemed him fit to stand trial.

Investigators say Nolen had just been suspended from his job at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore when he attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford in an office there, severing her head. They say he also stabbed another co-worker before an executive shot and wounded him.