Testimony to continue in competency hearing

Ponca City Now - October 27, 2015 8:44 am

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Testimony is scheduled to resume in a trial to determine whether an Oklahoma man accused in the beheading of his co-worker is mentally competent to be tried for first-degree murder.

The non-jury trial resumes Tuesday for 31-year-old Alton Nolen, who is charged in the September 2014 slaying of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at a food processing plant in Moore.

Authorities say Nolen attacked Hufford with a knife, beheading her. Nolen had just been suspended from his job at a Vaughan Foods processing plant where they worked when the attack occurred.

On Monday, a clinical psychologist testified that Nolen is mentally incompetent to be tried because he wants the death penalty and will not help his attorneys prepare his defense.

Dr. Anita Russell of Tulsa also said Nolen is intellectually impaired.


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