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Mental exam sought for Oklahoma man charged with murder, hate crime

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TULSA, Okla.  –  A Nov. 30 hearing is set for a judge to decide whether a mental evaluation is needed for an Oklahoma man charged in the shooting death of his Lebanese neighbor.

Prosecutors charged 62-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, with first-degree murder and misdemeanor hate crime charges in the August killing of Khalid Jabara. But Majors’ attorney is seeking a mental competency evaluation, arguing in court papers that he shows signs of dementia.

The Tulsa World reports that defense attorney Paula Alfred said in a court filing that Majors appears to have problems with his long-term memory, which she says interferes with her ability to prepare a defense.

Authorities say Majors killed Jabara after bombarding him with racial insults in a feud with Jabara’s family that lasted several years.

Khalid Jabara, family photo

Khalid Jabara, family photo