Prosecutor: Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Had Racist, Religious Motives

Charges have been filed against Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen, 30.

The former prison inmate, who converted to Islam and now goes by the name Jah’Keem Yisrael, is charged with first degree murder and assault.


Nolen admitted to beheading Colleen Hufford, 54.

According to the charges filed today against him, Nolen was suspended from Vaughan Foods on Thursday after an altercation with another employee, Traci Johnson, who says the dispute was about Nolen “not liking white people.”

According to the prosecutor, Nolen left, went home, retrieved a large knife and returned to his former workplace. Upon entering, he attacked Hufford from behind and began to saw her head off. Once he had severed her head, he attacked Johnson and stabbed her repeatedly. Nolen reportedly used several Arabic terms during the attack.

The company’s COO, Mark Vaughan, subdued Nolen by shooting him with a rifle. Vaughan is a reserve sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma City.

Nolen is likely to face the death penalty according to the prosecutor, who says the attack was motivated more by racism as by religion.


“It had more to do with race rather than trying to convert people,” Mashburn said. He said there was a “back and forth with Ms. Johnson and that led her to make a complaint to the HR department.”

“There was some sort of infatuation with beheadings. It seemed to be related to his interest in killing someone that way,” the prosecutor said. “Other than that, it seemed to be related to his being suspended earlier in the day.”

The “infatuation with beheadings” can’t have anything to do with ISIS’ recent beheadings. Can’t be that.


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