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Tulsa man convicted in Lebanese neighbor's hate crime killing

TULSA, Okla. - An Oklahoma man accused of fatally shooting his Lebanese neighbor was convicted Wednesday on first-degree murder and hate crime charges.

After brief deliberation, the 12-member jury on Wednesday found 63-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors guilty in the August 2016 shooting death of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara outside his Tulsa home. Prosecutors say Majors fatally shot Jabara after bombarding him and his family for years with racial epithets, including "filthy Lebanese" and "Moo-slems." 

Khalid Jabara   CBS affiliate KOTV

The Jabaras are Christian.  Majors previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and malicious intimidation and harassment, which is Oklahoma's hate-crime law. 

Majors' defense attorney, assistant public defender Travis Smith, told jurors that Majors had untreated schizophrenia. Although a mental competency examination had found him competent to stand trial, the defense argued in court papers that Majors showed signs of dementia and appeared to have problems with his long-term memory, issues that interfered with their ability to prepare a defense. 

A psychiatrist for the defense also testified that Majors couldn't fully understand or appreciate his actions when he shot Jabara.     

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