Stanley Majors Sentenced to Life in Prison for Hate Crime and Murder

Stanley Majors has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor. The murder is being called a hate crime. 

Stanley Majors, 63, was sentenced on February 20, 2018. He had been convicted of murder and a hate crime after fatally shooting 37-year-old Khalid Jabara in August 2016 outside his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

According to jury foreman Randall Hardee, the jury agreed that Majors likely suffered from poor mental health, but this was not a free pass to get away with murder. The jury believed that Majors knew exactly what he was doing and the consequences of his actions.

Hardee told Tulsa World in an interview that the jury had extended discussions about Stanley Majors’ state of mind. The shooting had been described as “grossly disorganized psychotic event” by a psychologist who was consulted by the defense.

“There was one juror who really thought it. She fought pretty hard on it, and there was a lot of back and fourth with her,” Hardee said regarding a finding of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Hardee also said that two of the 12 jurors initially thought Majors should not be convicted of murder.

The Case Against Stanley Majors

The rest of the jurors in the room kept pointing to Majors’ numerous interactions with Jabara and his family.

Here are a few examples:

Stanley Majors approached Jabara frequently and insulted him using racist slurs in the years before the shooting.

Jabara’s mother, Haifa, obtained a protective order in 2013 that required Majors to stay 300 yards away and prohibited him from possessing any firearms until 2018.

In 2015, there was an incident where Majors allegedly struck Haifa with his vehicle and drove off. She suffered injuries including a broken shoulder.

In addition, on the day that Majors shot and killed Jabara, he threatened to shoot a witness for attempting to help Jabara. After the shooting, Majors evaded arrest for at least four hours.

Hardee said, “At the end of the day, I thought Mr. Majors was just an incredibly unhappy man who just wanted to take it out on the world.”

The jury found Majors guilty of all charges against him. It recommended he serve life without parole in prison.