Autopsy suggests beheading victim fought back

AP News
Posted: Nov 26, 2014 8:47 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An autopsy shows the woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife.

Fifty-four-year-old Colleen Hufford was killed in the Sept. 25 attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The autopsy released Wednesday says she died of decapitation resulting from sharp-force trauma to her neck.

The Oklahoman reports ( ) that the autopsy found defensive injuries to both hands and her right arm. The weapon was a cooking knife with a blade about 8 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide.

Prosecutors have charged 30-year-old Alton Nolen with first-degree murder in the case and say they will seek the death penalty.

Police say Nolen attacked Hufford after learning he'd been suspended from his job at the plant.


Information from: The Oklahoman,