Jury selection kicks off trial of man accused of shooting his neighbor in hate crime

Sixty-three jurors remained in the pool Monday afternoon as the first day of proceedings concluded in the trial of a south Tulsa man accused of murder and a hate crime in the 2016 shooting death of his neighbor.

The case against 63-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors is expected to continue into February, with selection of the final 12 jurors and two alternates projected by week’s end, District Judge Sharon Holmes announced Monday morning.

Holmes excused two people from service for such reasons as a language barrier and scheduling concerns, leaving 27 women and 36 men available, of which fewer than five are people of color.

Majors is charged with first-degree murder, malicious intimidation and harassment, threatening an act of violence, and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction related to the death of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara on Aug. 12, 2016. Court records indicate Majors has a previous criminal conviction in California, where he spent time before ultimately moving next door to the Jabara family household.

Jabara died at a Tulsa hospital after being shot on the porch of his parents’ home in the 9300 block of South 85th East Avenue, where he lived at the time.

The shooting occurred less than a year after Majors’ arrest on a felony assault and battery complaint tied to allegations that he ran over Jabara’s mother, Haifa Jabara, with his vehicle and fled the scene without calling 911. That case is pending.

Majors, according to statements by police and Jabara family members, targeted the family for years with slurs related to their Middle Eastern background and his belief that they were Muslims. The Jabara family is Lebanese and Orthodox Christian.

Majors was not present in court Monday but is expected to be present when questioning of potential jurors resumes Tuesday.

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