According to The Associated Press, a man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant after being suspended from his job was ordered held without bond Wednesday (October 1) and asked a judge to name a Muslim as his court-appointed lawyer.
Alton Nolen, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Colleen Hufford, 54, and with two counts of assault. Prosecutors said Nolen was stabbing another employee when he was shot by a plant manager in an attack last Thursday (September 25) at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore.
In a video arraignment Wednesday, Judge Michael Tupper ordered Nolen held without bond and said the court would appoint an attorney.
"I'm Muslim," Nolen told the judge. "Do you have any Muslims who might represent me?"
The judge responded: "We'll see. I don't know the answer to that question."
COMMENT: Nolen was jailed Wednesday (September 30) after his release from a hospital, where he had been treated after the food plant's chief operating officer, Mark Vaughan, shot him with a rifle. Vaughan is also an Oklahoma County reserve sheriff's deputy.
The FBI is investigating because of the nature of the alleged attack, which followed a series of high-profile videotaped beheadings by IS militants in the Middle East.
A prosecutor said Tuesday that while Nolen had an "infatuation" with beheadings and had recently converted to Islam, it appeared the assault was motivated by Nolen's suspension. One of the women attacked had complained about racial remarks Nolen had made at the workplace.