CNN.com reports that a man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in Oklahoma after attacking a Lebanese family who lived next to him. He was tried for the murder of Khalid Jabara, and also convicted of hate crime charges.
Stanley Vernon Majors, 63, was convicted of a felony charge of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and two misdemeanor charges – malicious intimidation or harassment and threatening an act of violence, says CNN.
Majors gunned down the son living next door to him 11 months after running the mother over with his car.
In August 2016, Majors went up the steps of his neighbor’s front porch and fatally shot Khalid, apparently because he is from Lebanon.
Defense attorneys argued that Majors was insane at the time of the crime, rather than it being a case about hate or race. Majors reportedly though the family was a threat because he was gay and assumed they were Muslim.
A psychiatrist brought in by the defense testified that Majors is a schizophrenic and unable to understand the consequences of his actions. Defense attorneys told reporters they plan to appeal the decision after sentencing takes place on February 20.
The jury in the case is recommending the maximum sentence of life without parole for the murder charge, and Majors faces up to 10 years for the firearm felony charge. The hate crime charge carries up to one year in jail and violent threats carry up to six months.
In Oklahoma, there is no death penalty for cases that have no aggravating factors, says CNN.
Before the shooting, in September 2015, Majors also allegedly ran over the mother of the neighboring family with his vehicle. Haifa Jabara suffered broken bones and a brain hemorrhage. Majors was charged but released on bail, and killed the son two months later.
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