Accused Murderer Claims Victim Didn’t Like Him Because He Was Gay

Prosecutors claim jealousy and xenophobia led Stanley Majors to murder neighbor Khalid Jabara.

An Oklahoma man accused of killing his Lebanese neighbor says the victim didn’t like him because he was gay.

Stanley Majors, currently on trial for the 2016 death of Khalid Jabara, called Jabara “creepy” and claimed he was a terrorist.

Majors reportedly began threatening the Jabara family in 2013, calling them “dirty Arabs,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems” in menacing emails and voicemails. (The Jabaras are Christian.)

“Fuck you Arabs, Fuck you bastards,” Majors told them, according to Jabara’s sister, Victoria. “I want to kill you all.”

The family took out a protective order but, in September 2015, Majors hit Jabara’s 65-year-old mother, Haifa Jabara, with his car, nearly killing her. When he was arrested, he told police the Jabara family were “filthy Lebanese” who “throw gay people off roof tops.”

He confessed to the hit-and-run but despite prosecutors warning he was a “substantial risk to the public,” Majors was allowed free on bail.

“There was no ankle monitor, no drug/alcohol testing, no restrictions on travel, no requirements to check-in with police or appear upon demand, no restrictions on driving, no vehicle breathalyzer,” said Khalid Jabara’s sister-in-law, Jenna. “Basically [he had] unconditional freedom.”

Three months later, on August 12, 2016, Khalid called 911 after hearing someone tapping on the windows of his home. He called again after Majors’ husband, Stephen Schmauss, warned him Majors was armed and had fired a gun inside the couple’s home. Police arrived at Majors’ home, but left when they received no response.

Eight minutes later Khalid was struck on his porch by a hail of bullets from a high-caliber handgun.

Prosecutors claim Majors was jealous of Jabara’s friendship with Schmauss and that, coupled with his hatred of foreigners, led to murder.

Defense attorneys have tried to portray the 63-year-old Majors as mentally ill, suffering from untreated paranoid schizophrenia that caused him to have delusions, hallucinations and “grossly disorganized behavior.” But he was found competent to stand trial and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, felony possession of a firearm after a conviction, and malicious intimidation as a hate crime “with specific intent to intimidate and harass.”

At trial, the Jabara family thanked prosecutors for “marshaling the full weight of law to respond appropriately to the heinous crime inflicted upon us.”

“Our parents raised us to be patriotic Americans, proud of our Lebanese heritage and our community’s contributions to our country,” they said in a statement. “In charging Majors with a hate crime in addition to first degree murder, the district attorney’s office is making a much-needed and powerful statement that hatred and violence based on race, color, religion, ancestry, and national origin has no place in our society.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.