A jury at the Cleveland County Court heard recorded interviews from 2014 of the Muslim man who beheaded a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma. The tapes revealed much about Alton Nolen and how it doesn't take radicalization to find passages in the Koran that command to kill.
As Fox 25 News describes the audio, Nolen answered the police’s questions “in a very matter-of-fact way with seemingly little emotion.” Days earlier, he had cut off the head of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and attempted to behead another female co-worker, but was shot and wounded by the then-owner of the plant. Nolen told investigators that he killed for Islam because the Koran instructed him to, not because someone “guided him in the religion.”
“He came to his beliefs on his own,” the report adds.
Nolen admitted to having no regrets for his actions and called his victim a "slave to the devil" and himself a "slave to Allah.”
"You know the Muslim is somebody who submits their will to Allah,” Nolen said. “Whatever he wants done, that's what we do...And you know he wants us to get the oppressors out of this place.”
Nolen was a member at a mosque called the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. Pamela Geller has reported extensively on this act of terrorism and learned that an informant within the mosque said the imams “preached hatred and jihad.” However, the mosque was never investigated and, in fact, received a letter from then-President Obama in the days after Mrs. Hufford was beheaded.
A Washington official was flown to Oklahoma to hand deliver Obama’s letter to the mosque which congratulated them for remaining faithful:
“Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice.”
The trial is nearing its end and Nolen’s lawyers hope their defense of insanity satisfies the court.
"It's all in the context of what legally insane means,” Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn countered. “And that is (Nolen) didn't know the difference between right and wrong, and (he) didn't know the consequences of his actions. And clearly he knew what he did was wrong."