CRIME

Jury trial ordered for Oklahoma workplace beheading suspect

  • Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn talks with the media following a court appearance by Alton Nolen in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley has ordered a jury trial for Nolen, charged with murder in the 2014 beheading of Colleen Hufford at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn talks with the media following a court appearance by Alton Nolen in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley has ordered a jury trial for Nolen, charged with murder in the 2014 beheading of Colleen Hufford at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defendant Alton Nolen, accused of beheading co-worker Colleen Hufford in September, 2014, is escorted from a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley has ordered the case to go to a jury trial. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Defendant Alton Nolen, accused of beheading co-worker Colleen Hufford in September, 2014, is escorted from a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley has ordered the case to go to a jury trial. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defendant Alton Nolen, accused of beheading co-worker Colleen Hufford in September, 2014, is escorted to a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley has ordered the case to go to a jury trial. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Defendant Alton Nolen, accused of beheading co-worker Colleen Hufford in September, 2014, is escorted to a courtroom in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley has ordered the case to go to a jury trial. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

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.