An autopsy shows that a woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife. Colleen Hufford, 54, was killed in the Sept. 25 attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The autopsy released yesterday says she died of decapitation resulting from sharp-force trauma to her neck. The Oklahoman reports that the autopsy found defensive injuries to both her hands and her right arm.
Police say 30-year-old Alton Nolen attacked Hufford after learning he'd been suspended from his job at the plant. The weapon was a cooking knife with a blade about 8 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide. Prosecutors have charged Nolen with first-degree murder in the case and say they'll seek the death penalty. (A Baltimore man fought back against two armed robbers—and won.)