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Preliminary Hearing Set for Suspect in Oklahoma Beheading

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    File image 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.

    A judge in Oklahoma will decide whether a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant will be tried on a first-degree murder charge.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday for 31-year-old Alton Nolen.

    Prosecutors are expected to present evidence about the September 2014 attack in which 54-year-old Colleen Hufford was killed and a second co-worker was injured at the Vaughan Foods plant in Oklahoma City.

    Special Judge Steve Stice will decide whether there is probable cause that a crime was committed and that Nolen committed it. A not guilty plea has been entered on Nolen's behalf.

    Investigators say Nolen had been suspended from his job when he walked into the company's administrative office and attacked Hufford with a large knife.