Jury recommends death for Nolen

A jury has recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014.

Thirty-three-year-old Alton Nolen was convicted on September 29 of killing 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and trying to kill another co-worker at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

He has already been sentenced to life in prison three times over and 130 additional years behind bars for stabbing Traci Johnson and attacking other workers inside the plant.

Nolen rammed his auto into another vehicle in the company parking lot, beheaded Hufford, and stabbed Johnson before Mark Vaughn, the company owner, shot Nolen in self-defense.

"Today is [Nolen's] day of reckoning", Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney Susan Caswell said to the jury.

At a 2015 court hearing, a psychologist who examined Nolen said he suffered from minor mental retardation and wanted to be executed. "Give it to him, and let him find out", Mashburn told the jury. Instead, Smith asked the jury to consider factors like Nolen's childhood and his low academic achievements as reasons why they should spare his life. "I ask that you give him what he is due and what he has earned, and that is the ultimate punishment of death".

Nolen's trial had been delayed to determine if he was mentally competent to face the murder charge before a jury.

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