Jury sent home in Tulsa murder trial

The Associated Press - February 6, 2018 2:04 pm

TULSA — The jury in the case of an Oklahoma man charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor has been dismissed, clearing the way for closing arguments on Wednesday.

A judge sent jurors home Tuesday after both sides rested in the Stanley Majors case.

Majors is on trial in Tulsa for the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old Majors was motivated by hatred and jealousy and bombarded Jabara and his family for years with racial epithets before the 2016 slaying.

Defense attorneys tried to show Majors was mentally ill at the time of the shooting. His lawyers called a psychiatrist Monday who testified that Majors was unable to fully understand or appreciate his actions when he shot Jabara.

Dr. Jason Beaman said Majors was mentally ill at the time with untreated schizophrenia.

 

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