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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:44 PM

Oklahoma man charged with hate crime in alleged killing of Lebanese neighbor

Source: Associated Press

Oklahoma man charged with hate crime in alleged killing of Lebanese neighbor

Associated Press in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tuesday 23 August 2016 21.11 BST

Prosecutors charged a Tulsa man on Tuesday with first-degree murder and committing a hate crime in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor – a culmination of what authorities said was the man’s violent feud with the family that spanned several years and included a regular barrage of racial insults and personal confrontations.

Stanley Majors, 61, was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and threatening a violent act in the 12 August fatal shooting of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara. The hate crime charge is a misdemeanor under Oklahoma law and accuses Majors of intimidating and harassing Jabara and his mother, Haifa Jabara, “because of race, color, religion, ancestry and national origin”, according to court papers filed on Tuesday by prosecutors.

Majors is scheduled for arraignment in district court on Wednesday.

Majors spent years in conflict with the Jabara family, often hurling epithets such as “filthy Lebanese”, “dirty Arabs” and “Moo-slems” at his nextdoor neighbors, authorities said. The Jabaras are actually Christian.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/23/oklahoma-tulsa-hate-crime-stanley-majors-khalid-jabara

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