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Death penalty notice filed in US beheading case

October 2, 2014 GMT
FILE - This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department shows Alton Nolen, who has been charged in the Sept. 25, 2014, beheading death of his co-worker, Colleen Hufford, at a food processing plant in Moore, Okla. A scheduling conference is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Nolen's defense attorneys have requested a mental competency evaluation for their client. (Cleveland County Sheriff's Department via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE - This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department shows Alton Nolen, who has been charged in the Sept. 25, 2014, beheading death of his co-worker, Colleen Hufford, at a food processing plant in Moore, Okla. A scheduling conference is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Nolen's defense attorneys have requested a mental competency evaluation for their client. (Cleveland County Sheriff's Department via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) — A prosecutor has filed formal notification that he’ll seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at a food processing plant.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed notice Thursday that he’ll ask 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen to be executed if convicted of first-degree murder in last week’s beheading of Colleen Hufford.

Authorities allege Nolen attacked Hufford and another worker at Vaughan Foods after Nolen was suspended from his job at the plant.

The paperwork filed Thursday says the death penalty is warranted in the case because the killing was “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel.”

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Nolen remains in jail without bond and no attorney has been appointed for him yet.