The survivor of an attempted beheading began testimony today in Oklahoma City.
“He wouldn’t stop,” Traci Johnson, 46, said of the assault at a Moore food plant on Sept. 25, 2014. “He was just going back and forth like he was cutting a piece of meat.”
She was forced to sit in the same room with the man that murdered one of her co-workers in September 25, 2014 and then attempted to kill her as well. She was only saved when another employee of the Moore Food plant interrupted the attempted murder
In court she identified her assailant as murder defendant Alton Alexander Nolen, who had just been suspended from his job at Vaughan Foods for making racists remarks.
The day of the attack he kept nagging her. At one point he stated that he “hates white people” and that he “beats up white people”. Later that same day he attacked and killed her co-worker by beheading, and the later attacked her.
Nolen has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the case. During the proceedings he sat with his head in his hands but expressed little in the way of remorse.
The trial is expected to continue for some weeks.
Nolan is known to be Muslim and his attorney’s are using this as part of his defense. They are stating that part of his teachings have warped his mind and that he is technically insane. You can read more about the case here.
This is one of many workplace violence crimes that have been attributed to Muslims in the U.S. in recent years. You can also find more information on violent crimes in Oklahoma here.
The expected sentence in the case is life.