Murder suspect pleads not guilty in death of Khalid Jabara

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Tulsa DA filed first degree murder charges against Stanley Vernon Majors for the shooting death of Khalid Jabara
  • Jabara died on August 12
  • Majors is also accused of hitting Jabara's mother with a car earlier this year
  • He pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday morning.

Stanley Vernon Majors is also charged with possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, malicious intimidation and harassment and threatening a violent act.

Filings show that the charge Malicious Intimidation or Harassment alleges Majors "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, did threaten to harm Haifa Jabara and her family, including Khalid Jabara."

“Under Oklahoma law a person is presumed innocent until a judge or jury determines otherwise. The death of Khalid Jabara  is tragic and our sympathies are with his family, “ District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said.

FOX23 talked to Jabara's family on Sunday.

The family later released a statement on the charges:

"As we continue to struggle with our pain and loss, we were heartened to be informed by the district attorney that Stanley Vernon Majors has been charged with murder in the first degree, possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony, malicious intimidation or harassment, and threatening an act of violence. We are encouraged that the government is 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. 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. It is an appropriate moment in our local and national conversation for a reassertion of the foundational and quintessentially American values of equality and tolerance.

Our anguish is compounded because for many years we diligently pursued every available legal means to protect ourselves and others from someone who posed a constant threat of potential violence, and who eventually proved a fatal menace. Despite the overwhelming evidence we marshalled of a palpable threat of danger and hate facing us on a daily basis, the existing legal mechanisms proved insufficient to protect our beloved Khalid and our mother. We will therefore continue to not only advocate for justice for Khalid, but also to call for reform of the law enforcement and justice systems so that no other family has to suffer such imaginable, and, given the circumstances almost certainly preventable, loss and pain."

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett commented on Jabara's death:

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Jabara family as the city of Tulsa and the entire nation mourn the loss of Khalid. The acts against Khalid and the Jabara family were entirely unjust and I have scheduled a meeting with the City's public safety departments and the District Attorney's Office to make sure we are doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of our community. The city stands by the Jabara family in this time of need and they will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers."

Bartlett said he has meeting scheduled with DVIS and law enforcement to discuss protective order problems.

The Arab American Institute and 49 other organizations are asking Bartlett to thoroughly investigate Jabara's death.

Friday, Majors entered a plea of "not guilty" to the murder charges.

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