Beheading survivor testifies in Oklahoma trial

Posted at 9:05 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 21:05:51-04

NORMAN, OK (KFOR/CNN) - Nine witnesses took the stand on Monday, including an attack survivor, and testified against an Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker. 

Outside the courtroom Traci Johnson sat visibly nervous. But inside, she gave a calm delivery testifying against Alton Nolen.

He stands accused of beheading Colleen Hufford and attacking Johnson nearly three years ago to the date inside Vaughan Foods. 

She testified not knowing what to think when Nolen began attacking her, recalling it was like  "he was cutting a piece of meat." 

Witnesses in the morning included four plant workers who said Nolen talked to them about the Muslim faith at work, sometimes making them uncomfortable.

The defense claims Nolen was mentally ill during the beheading, and delusional about what was right and what was wrong.

And because one witness on Monday was not a practicing Muslim, he didn't know whether everything Nolen said about Islam was true, to which the witness agreed.

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