Tulsa County prosecutors filed first-degree murder and hate crime charges against a man accused of fatally shooting his next-door neighbor this month after years of reportedly escalating ethnic-based harassment against him and his family, the Tulsa World reports. Stanley Majors, 61, is accused of shooting 37-year-old Lebanese-American Khalid Jabara on Aug. 12 on Jabara’s front porch. The harassment count alleges that Majors, between July 1, 2013, and Aug. 12 of this year, “unlawfully, maliciously, willfully, wrongfully and intentionally, and without justifiable or excusable cause, by maliciously and with specific intent to intimidate and harass because of race, color, religion, ancestry and national origin,” threatened to harm Khalid Jabara’s mother, Haifa Jabara, and her family.
“Misdemeanor intimidation and harassment,” also known as Oklahoma’s hate crime law, carries a penalty of up to a year in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both for a first-time violation. A second or subsequent charge is considered a felony that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. A spokeswoman for the Jabaras said family members pursued every legal recourse available to protect themselves from Majors, who eventually became “a fatal menace.” She said, “We are encouraged that the government is marshaling the full weight of law to respond appropriately to the heinous crime inflicted upon us.”