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Moore beheading suspect removed from courtroom after disturbance

Alton Alexander Nolen, a defendant in a 2014 beheading case, was removed from a Cleveland County courtroom Monday morning after a disturbance.

Nolen was in court Monday for a competency trial. A judge ordered the courtroom cleared after Nolen began struggling with deputies, who eventually subdued him.

Nolen is accused of going on a rampage at Vaughan Foods in Moore on Sept. 25, 2014, beheading one co-worker with a kitchen knife and attempting to behead another. He is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

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Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›