Role model: “Then they [the Jewish Qurayzah tribe] surrendered, and the apostle [Muhammad] confined them in Medina in the quarter of d. al-Harith, a woman of B. Al-Najjar. Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches. Among them was the enemy of Allah Huyayy b. Akhtab and Ka’b b. Asad their chief. There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900.” — Ibn Ishaq 690
A Bill of Particulars was filed Thursday in Cleveland County District Court following an announcement Wednesday that the district attorney would seek the death penalty for murder suspect Alton Nolen.
The 30-year-old former Vaughan Foods employee is accused of beheading one co-worker and attempting to kill another Sept. 25 at the Moore company’s headquarters office.
The bill lays out four reasons Nolen should receive the death penalty including:
• The murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel
• The defendant knowingly created a great risk of death to more than one person
• There exists a probability that the defendant will commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society
• The defendant was previously convicted of a felony involving the use or threat of violence to a person
Four search warrant affidavits were also filed Thursday, including those for Nolen’s apartment, vehicle, several of his electronic devices and one for Vaughan Foods.
The documents state 24 swabs were collected from various blood stains at Vaughan Foods, as well as three bullet shell casings, a fixed-blade knife and metal fragments.
The search warrant for Vaughan Foods also states the incident took place in an area, where from previous incidents, officers knew there were numerous recorded video surveillance cameras. Parts of the incident are believed to be recorded, the affidavit said.
Items collected from Nolen’s apartment and vehicle included one packaged knife, miscellaneous papers, four cell phones (three in his apartment, one in his vehicle), a laptop computer, and two pieces of fabric from his vehicle. All of the phones and his computer are pending forensic examination, the affidavit said.
Some of items collected will be examined to see whether or not Nolen premeditated or planned any act of violence against the workplace or public, the documents state.
“It is believed that Nolen might possibly have documents or other items inside of his residence that verifies he had converted to the Islam religion and was attempting to get other employees to convert to Islam.
“Nolen, because of his past disagreements and arguments, may possibly have created, sent, planned or documented threats of violence against employees or other members of the public,” the affidavit said.
Nolen had several previous disagreements and arguments with employees in the past and several had overheard him say he beat Caucasians, the affidavit said. After recently converting to the Islam religion, he had been attempting to convince other employees to convert to the religion.
“Witnesses also advised that Nolen had become aggressive and belligerent to other employees and wanted others to call him ‘Muhammad’,” records show….