Murder trial begins in Pottawatomie County

A jury was selected in Pottawatomie County District Court Monday and a murder trial is now underway for a defendant charged in a 2015 Bethel Acres homicide.

John Joseph Quinter Jr., 47, is charged with murder in the first degree and is accused, on or about Sept. 19, 2015, at 15 Angie Lane, of causing the death of Robert Dale Almon, 35, by “shooting him multiple times in the body and head with a 12 gauge shotgun,” charges allege.

Almon’s body was found in the middle of Angie Lane on Sept. 19, 2015 following a reported altercation with a homeowner, later identified as Quinter.

The trial is being held before District Judge John Canavan.

Watch for updates.

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Misdemeanor trial continued for officer

A trial was scheduled to begin Monday but has been continued until the November pre-trial docket for a Shawnee police sergeant who was charged in a misdemeanor case back in February.

James D. Wood, 38, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with misdemeanor domestic abuse assault and battery and interference with an emergency telephone call involving an alleged incident with his girlfriend.

The alleged incident occurred outside of the city limits, with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office investigating.

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Oklahoma beheading suspect to stand trial

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday for an Oklahoma man accused of beheading a co-worker at a Moore food plant.

Alton Nolen, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2014 beheading of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford at Vaughan Foods in Moore. Nolen is also charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly attempting to behead a second co-worker. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Defense attorneys have said they will use an insanity defense during Nolen's trial. Attorneys claim that Nolen is mentally ill and didn't know his actions were wrong.

Nolen has repeatedly tried to plead guilty and has asked to be executed, but Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley has declined to accept his plea.