Man charged in Lebanese neighbor’s death will not testify

The Associated Press - February 2, 2018 10:43 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma man charged with a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor will not testify during his murder trial.

After prosecutors rested their case Thursday, 63-year-old Stanley Majors told the judge he’s decided not to take the witness stand.

Majors is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the 2016 death of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara in Tulsa.

He has pleaded not guilty. Defense attorneys say he had untreated schizophrenia and experienced a “psychotic episode” during the homicide, although he’s been found competent for trial.

The defense called a jail psychiatrist who said Majors is treated with anti-psychotics and antidepressants.

Prosecutors say Majors shot Jabara after years of harassment because Jabara’s family is Lebanese.

The trial is in recess until Monday.

 

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