State rests in hate crime, murder trial of Stanley Majors

Stanley Vernon Majors (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The state has rested in the murder trial of Stanley Majors, accused of gunning down his neighbor Khalid Jabara in 2016.

Testimony began Monday in the case. Jabara's parents, who were present for the deadly shooting, and police investigators have taken the stand.

On Thursday, the jury listened to jailhouse phone calls between Majors and his husband, Stephen Schmauss, in which Majors describes the shooting and claims it was self defense.

In addition to first-degree murder, Majors is charged with a hate crime. Jabara's family says Majors had a history of harassing them and making racial slurs. At the time of Jabara's death, Majors was awaiting trial for hitting Jabara's mother with a car.

His attorneys are pursuing an insanity defense.

The defense's first witness was a psychiatrist who discussed Majors' medications at the time of the shooting. Court is adjourned until Monday at which time the defense will call more witnesses.

The district attorney's office estimated the trial would last about two weeks.

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