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Oklahoma beheading: 5 new facts we learned about the attack today

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn held a press conference today offering new details in the case of Alton Nolen, the man accused of beheading and stabbing coworkers at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla.

Here are five new facts we learned from the press conference:

1. Nolen confessed

Mashburn said Nolen confessed to the attack at Vaughan Foods.

2. Nolen went home to get a knife before the attacks

After meeting with the company’s human resources officials, Nolen drove to his house to retrieve a knife.

3. Traci Johnson was targeted by Nolen

Nolen sought out Johnson whom Mashburn said had complained to company officials about him.

4. Nolen charged at Mark Vaughan

Nolen was charging at Vaughan, the company’s chief operating officer and a reserve deputy sheriff, when Vaughan shot Nolen, stopping the attack.

5. Colleen Hufford was attacked from behind

Mashburn said Nolen attacked Hufford from behind upon entering the warehouse.

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