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Alton Nolen's Family Speaks Out About Alleged Beheading, Murder Charge

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Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections taken October 18, 2011. (Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 01:49 PM

Beheading suspect Alton Nolen's family speaks out in a new video posted to Facebook over the weekend, apologizing to the families of his coworkers, one of whom was brutally killed with a knife on Thursday.

"I know my son. My son was raised up in a loving home. My son was raised up believing in God. That's what he believed in," Joyce Nolen said in the video posted Saturday, The Oklahoman reported. "My son was a good kid. You know, I know what they saying, that he dumb, But I'm gonna tell you this. That's not my son."

According to The Associated Press, Nolen, 30, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the beheading of coworker Colleen Hufford, 54, at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, Oklahoma, following his suspension from the company.

Prosecutors allege he took a knife from home, and "returned to get revenge" on Thursday, attacking Hufford from behind, and then stabbing another coworker, 43-year-old Traci Johnson. Hufford died during the incident, while Johnson survived.

The incident ended when a company executive, Mark Vaughan, a reserve deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department, shot Nolen. Nolen was hospitalized, but survived.

According to The Washington Post, multiple coworkers told police that Nolen had recently converted to Islam, and had been trying to convert them.

Johnson reported that the argument that led to Nolen's suspension was "about him not liking white people."

The FBI has now opened its own investigation into the alleged murder because it was a beheading, and comes on the heels of Islamic State militants' public beheadings of American and British journalists. So far, the FBI said they're treating the case as one of workplace violence, not terrorism.

A Facebook page appearing to be Nolen's includes photos of a beheading, as well as Islamic State fighters. He goes by the name Jah'Keem Yisrael on the social network, according to Breitbart News.

Nolen was convicted of drug possession and assault on a police officer in 2011, and set off a 12-hour manhunt when he fled an arrest attempt in 2010. He has previously served two years in the Oklahoma prison system.

In the video posted by Nolen's mother and sister over the weekend, Nolen's mother said, "There's two sides to every story, and we're only hearing one. He is family, our hearts bleed right now. Because what they're saying, Alton has done. I want to apologize, to both families. Because this is not Alton. But I just, I'm praying, that justice will prevail. The whole story will come out, the whole story."

Closing the video, Nolen's sister said, "My brother, he's always been a great person, a loving person. He's always been a peoples person. He's never been a violent person. So, for something like this to have happened . . . were all still in shock right now. We're all still in shock. We just ask that everyone out there just pray for us. Keep us all in your prayers. We're praying for both of the victims' families and the victims and we just ask that everyone keep us in your prayers."



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