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The Latest: Witness identifies Oklahoma suspect in beheading

Posted September 15

— The Latest on the trial of an Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker (all times local):

3 p.m.

A manager at an Oklahoma food processing plant says he witnessed a former employee at the plant attack and behead a co-worker with a large butcher knife three years ago.

Gary Hazelrigg was the first witness to testify Friday in the trial of 33-year-old Alton Nolen. Nolen is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2014, attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore in which 54-year-old Colleen Hufford was killed.

Hazelrigg, the customer service manager at the plant at the time, told the jury that Hufford had come into his office when Nolen came up behind her, pulled her neck beck and drew the knife across her throat.

Nolen's defense attorneys are asking jurors to find him not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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10:15 a.m.

Testimony has begun in the trial of a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food plant in Oklahoma.

Alton Nolen is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2014 beheading of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma. Nolen is also charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly attempting to behead a second co-worker. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Defense attorneys say the 33-year-old Nolen is mentally ill and want jurors to find him not guilty by reason of insanity.

But Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn told jurors in his opening statement on Thursday that Nolen carried out the attack and knew what he was doing was wrong.

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