Closing arguments to begin Thursday in Nolen penalty phase

Alton Nolen enters court in Cleveland County. (KOKH/FILE)

Closing arguments will begin Thursday in the penalty phase for a man convicted of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food plant in 2014.

The defense and state both rested Oct. 11 in the penalty trial for Alton Nolen. Closing arguments will begin Thursday, followed by jury deliberations. Nolen was convicted of first degree murder in the Sept. 29 in the 2014 beheading of his Vaughan Foods co-worker Colleen Hufford. Nolen was recently found mentally fit to face the death penalty.

The jury will decide if Nolen faces the death penalty, life without parole and life with parole. Closing arguments begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Cleveland County Courthouse.

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