Judge rejects mental retardation claim in Moore beheading case

A judge found Friday for the second time that the Muslim convert responsible for a 2014 beheading is not mentally retarded under the law.

Nolen beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, with a large kitchen knife during a rampage inside Vaughan Foods on Sept. 25, 2014, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing and his own admissions to police and in court. He had been suspended from the plant for making racial remarks.

He also attempted to behead another co-worker, Traci J. Johnson, who had complained about his remarks. The rampage ended when he was shot by a plant official.

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