Homicide

Man accused in Oklahoma beheading scheduled for plea hearing

  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Alton Nolen is led from the courtroom following his preliminary hearing in Norman, Okla. Nolen, accused of beheading a co-worker and attacking another person at a food processing plant is due in court, Friday, May 20, 2016 to enter his plea on a first-degree murder charge. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Alton Nolen is led from the courtroom following his preliminary hearing in Norman, Okla. Nolen, accused of beheading a co-worker and attacking another person at a food processing plant is due in court, Friday, May 20, 2016 to enter his plea on a first-degree murder charge. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alton Nolen is led into a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Friday, May 20, 2016. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley put off deciding whether to accept Nolen's request to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker at a food processing plant in 2014, as a death sentence would still be possible. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Alton Nolen is led into a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Friday, May 20, 2016. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley put off deciding whether to accept Nolen's request to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker at a food processing plant in 2014, as a death sentence would still be possible. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alton Nolen is led into a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Friday, May 20, 2016. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley put off deciding whether to accept Nolen's request to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker at a food processing plant in 2014, as a death sentence would still be possible. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Alton Nolen is led into a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Friday, May 20, 2016. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley put off deciding whether to accept Nolen's request to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker at a food processing plant in 2014, as a death sentence would still be possible. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

An Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker and attacking another person at a food processing plant is due in court to enter his plea on a first-degree murder charge.

Alton Nolen tried to plead guilty in February, but Judge Lori Walkley wouldn't accept the plea and instead scheduled the hearing for Friday. Nolen's attorney had raised questions about his client's mental competency, however Walkley found Nolen 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 walked into the company's administrative office and attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, severing her head. They say he also stabbed another co-worker, who survived, before a company executive shot and wounded him.