(Fox News) The family of Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen has expressed shock at how the ex-con raised in a Christian home could have committed such a gruesome crime, but experts say he fits the profile of a growing number of jihadists forged in the crucible of America's prison system.
Nolen, a Muslim convert with a lengthy rap sheet, is accused of beheading Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbing another former co-worker at a Moore, Okla., food processing plant on Sept. 25. He reportedly shouted Koranic phrases as he carried out the savagery, which was stopped when Vaughan Foods Chief Operating Officer Mark Vaughan shot him. The attack has sparked controversy about whether Nolen, 30, is a "lone wolf" terrorist or simply a violence-prone criminal inspired by Middle Eastern radicals.
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