State’s psychologist says Oklahoma beheading suspect is sane

This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department shows Alton Nolen, who has been charged in the Sept. 25, 2014, beheading death of his co-worker, Colleen Hufford, at a food processing plant in Moore, Okla. An Oklahoma judge will convene a non-jury trial scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, to determine whether Nolen is mentally competent to be tried for first-degree murder. (Cleveland County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A forensic psychologist hired by prosecutors say a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a suburban Oklahoma City food processing plant is competent to be tried on a first-degree murder charge.

A judge is deciding whether Alton Nolen can stand trial for the September 2014 beheading death of Colleen Hufford at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore. Another co-worker was injured.

A psychologist hired by the defense had testified Monday that Nolen wasn’t competent to stand trial, but the prosecutors’ psychologist disagreed.

Dr. Shawn Roberson testified Tuesday that he believes Nolen is capable of assisting defense attorneys if he wanted to. He noted that Nolen received two As in psychology courses in college.

A not guilty plea has been entered on Nolen’s behalf. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


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