Tuesday during a news conference the Cleveland Co., OK District Attorney Greg Mashburn claimed race, not religion was the motive behind the beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford allegedly by 30-year-old Alton Nolen last Thursday.
Mashburn was asked, “Can you confirm that Nolen was trying to convert employees?”
He replied, “My understanding was it had more to do with race than him trying to convert anyone and that he was basically saying he didn’t like white people and had this altercation with our second victim regarding that.”
He continued, “Basically from my understanding there was an altercation about him not liking white people. there was some back and forth conversation with Miss Johnson and that led her to make the complaint with the HR department.”
Mashburn did however confirm Nolen was using “Arabic terms” during the murder so he said the FBI is continuing to look into that.
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