Police: Man accused in Oklahoma beheading is awake

This Oct. 18, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. Prison records indicate that Nolen, the suspect in the beheading of a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say a man who was shot after allegedly beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and will be charged with first-degree murder.

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said Saturday that 30-year-old Alton Nolen remains hospitalized in stable condition. He says Nolen has regained consciousness and that investigators interviewed him.

Lewis says Nolen will be charged on Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. He says Nolen could also face federal charges.

Authorities say Nolen severed the head of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford during Thursday’s attack at the Vaughn Foods plant in Moore, near Oklahoma City. They say Nolen was repeated stabbing another woman when a company executive shot him. That woman survived.

 

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