Mental exam sought for Tulsa man charged with hate crime
The Associated Press - November 18, 2016 10:17 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A Nov. 30 hearing is set for a judge to decide whether a mental evaluation is needed for an Oklahoma man charged in the shooting death of his Lebanese neighbor.
Prosecutors charged 62-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, with first-degree murder and misdemeanor hate crime charges in the August killing of Khalid Jabara. But Majors’ attorney is seeking a mental competency evaluation, arguing in court papers that he shows signs of dementia.
The Tulsa World reports that defense attorney Paula Alfred said in a court filing that Majors appears to have problems with his long-term memory, which she says interferes with her ability to prepare a defense.
Authorities say Majors killed Jabara after bombarding him with racial insults in a feud with Jabara’s family that lasted several years.