D.A. Likely to Seek Death Penalty in Oklahoma Beheading
By Michael Martinez | CNN
Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the beheading of a 54-year-old woman last week at his former workplace in Oklahoma and in the stabbing attack on another woman, said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.
Nolen was also charged with a third felony, assault with a deadly weapon, the prosecutor said. The attempted murder charge is also called assault and battery with a deadly weapon, Mashburn said.
"It is highly likely I will seek the death penalty in this case," he said, adding that he would first consult with the victim's family before making his decision.
Nolen, a recent convert to Islam, is accused of carrying out the attacks Thursday at a Vaughan Foods processing plant soon after he learned he'd lost his job there.
Nolen was trying "to get revenge on certain people he felt responsible" for his job loss, Mashburn said.
The large kitchen knife used in the attack came from Nolen's home, Mashburn said.
The FBI is also investigating the attack because Nolen "was saying Arabic terms in the attack," Mashburn said.
Nolen's Facebook page uses the name Jah'Keem Yisrael. The cover photo appears to be of fighters holding weapons. The postings include all-caps messages about Islam and quotations from the Quran.
Gov. Mary Fallin called the attack "an act of cowardice, brutality and barbarism."
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