May 23 2016
OKLAHOMA: Muslim convert who beheaded a Christian grandmother and tried to behead another requests death penalty
A Muslim man who beheaded a coworker in 2014 pleaded guilty to murder and requested execution. However,the judge in the case is proceeding cautiously and reserved judgement pending an assessment by a state psychiatrist.
Clarion Project Alton Nolen (aka Jah’Keem Yisrael), a convert to Islam, beheaded a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma City on September 25 after his employer fired him. His Facebook page frequently expressed support for the Islamic State terrorist group, Osama Bin Laden and other violent jihadists.
Mark E. Vaughan, an executive at Vaughan Foods and a reserve Sheriff’s Deputy, shot and wounded the devout Muslim Alton Nolen” who was attacking his former co-workers. Jah’Keem Yisrael beheaded one woman and was attempting to murder another via beheading when he was killed by Vaughan.
During his hearing he reportedly rambled about his faith, tried to fire his state appointed lawyers, prayed and called the judge a heathen and a pagan.
“I’m being (held) captive to the disbelievers of Allah, the one and only God,” Nolen reportdly told the court “It’s part of my religion that when death faces you, you do not back down.”
(Beheading threats are becoming common in Oklahoma)
His lawyers plead insanity, arguing he did not understand the court proceedings. The judge ruled him competent to stand trial.
“The judge is being very careful making sure that Mr. Nolen’s rights are protected,” said Greg Mashburn, the Cleveland County DA prosecuting Alton Nolen. “But at the same time if he has made a knowing and voluntary plea, then we can proceed on. But she wants to make sure we don’t do anything during the court process that causes this case to be reversed down the road.”
Interview with the second woman who was nearly beheaded by Alton Nolen on the same day: