The Muslim man who was apprehended after beheading a co-worker in Moore, Oklahoma, told police why he did it, and the tapes have been released for his trial.
What did he tell police?
Alton Nolen told police that he felt oppressed as a Muslim at the food plant by his co-workers, who he said teamed up against him. He spoke to them after being arrested for the attack.
When the police asked him if he regretted his actions, he responded, “I don’t feel regret, because you know what I’ve done. That's probably going to make Vaughan Foods a better place to work for a Muslim.”
What happened during the attack?
In September 2014, Nolen was suspended from his job at Vaughan Foods because a co-worker said that they had gotten into an argument after he said he didn't like white people. Nolen returned with a knife, stabbed and beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, and attacked Traci Johnson, the woman who had issued the complaint about him.
Is he claiming insanity as a defense?
Yes, his lawyers are arguing that he was not in his right mind at the time of the attack, while prosecutors are trying to show that he was acting purposely and deliberately with full mental capacities.
Here's a local report about the recordings:
Was radical Islam one of his motiviations?
Authorities have presented as evidence in the trial that Nolen had a Koran and other "written scripture" in his apartment at the time of the attack. His Facebook page also had many signs of Islamic radicalization, including posts claiming, "Sharia Law is coming!!" and exhibiting pictures of beheadings and the Taliban.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the ongoing trial.