TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jurors are preparing to hear opening statements in a trial for an Oklahoma man accused of first-degree murder and a hate crime in the slaying of his Lebanese neighbor.
Stanley Vernon Majors is expected to be in a Tulsa courtroom when his trial resumes Monday in district court. The 63-year-old is accused in the August 2016 killing of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara.
Prosecutors say Majors fatally shot Jabara after bombarding him and his family with racial insults for years.
Majors previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and malicious intimidation and harassment, which is Oklahoma’s hate-crime law.
Majors’ attorneys have indicated they will present a mental health-based defense, though Majors was previously found competent to stand trial.
A jury of nine men and five women, including two alternates, was selected Friday.
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