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Conference Delayed For Man Charged In Oklahoma Beheading

Alton Nolen in a 2011 photo from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
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Alton Nolen in a 2011 photo from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A court conference for a Moore man charged with beheading a co-worker has been postponed after the man's attorneys requested a competency evaluation.

A scheduling conference was scheduled Wednesday for 30-year-old Alton Nolen — but was rescheduled for July 30.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn told The Norman Transcript that if Nolen is found competent the case will go forward. Mashburn said that if there's any dispute as to his competence, a jury trial could be held to settle the issue.

Nolan faces first-degree murder and other charges in the Sept 25, 2014, death of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at Vaughan Foods. He's accused of beheading Hufford and stabbing another woman after he was suspended from his job at the plant.

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