TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:
- Vernon Majors is accused of killing Khalid Jabara.
- The Jabara family had filed multiple protective orders against Majors.
- Majors is accused of trying to run over Khalid's mother with a car last year.
The south Tulsa man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor last week had reportedly been at odds with his family for years, and was even accused of trying to run over the victim's mother with a car last year.
The Jabara family has been dealing with Majors since 2013, when Haifa Jabara had a protective order issued against him.
She said he sexually harassed her, knocked on her windows late at night, stalked her and subjected the family to repeated racist remarks.
Her son Khalid had a protective order issued in early 2015.
He said Majors harassed him, stalked and followed him around, left notes on their door and vandalized the inside of their house.
Majors currently has a trial set for March of 2017 in the assault and battery with deadly weapon case in which he’s accused of running over Haifa with a car.
FOX23 got a look at Majors' mug shot from when he was arrested for the assault:
That incident took place September 2015.
In May, the district attorney’s office asked the judge to hold him without bond or at least raise his $30,000 bond to $300,000.
They said they spelled out why Majors was a threat to the public.
The judge set it to $60,000, and Majors bonded out immediately. He has been out for just over two months.
FOX23 reached out to Judge LaFortune and got this statement from his clerk: "He is not allowed to comment on a case, but he did double the bond to $60,000.00 pursuant to states motion."
The district's attorney's office reportedly asked the judge to reconsider. He did not.
Officials from the district attorney's office said they cannot speculate on why Majors was not charged with a hate crime. The district attorney said they will revisit the assault and battery case with the new information.
They said it is too soon to know if the recent shooting death will be charged as a hate crime.
Police said that Khalid Jabara had called them to say he was scared Majors would hurt the family just eight minutes before the shooting.
They had responded more than an hour before saying that though the family had complained the man next door had a protective order against them, was a felon and may have had a gun, Majors was not doing anything to warrant a search of his home.
The Jabara family released a statement Monday:
"On Friday night, our world was shattered when our brother, Khalid Jabara, was murdered on the front porch of our family home. The perpetrator was not unknown to us—he is our neighbor—someone whom we continuously brought to law enforcement’s attention. He killed our brother while awaiting trial for running over our mother, resulting in a broken shoulder, collapsed lung, broken ankle, broken nose, head trauma, and fractured ribs amongst other injuries. Only 30 minutes prior to my brother’s shooting, Khalid called the police stating this man had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen. The police came and told him there was nothing to be done. Minutes later, the suspect murdered our brother with four shots.
My family lived in fear of this man and his hatred for years. Yet in May, not even one year after he ran over our mother and despite our repeated protests, he was released from jail with no conditions on his bond—no ankle monitor, no drug/alcohol testing, nothing.
This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family. He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems”—a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department who also heard these comments from the suspect. The suspect’s bigotry was not isolated to us alone. He made xenophobic comments about many in our community -- “filthy Mexican” and the “n” word were all part of his hateful approach to anyone from a different background.
Today, in our pain, we are also keenly aware that this is not just another murder to be added to crime statistics. Our brother’s death could have been prevented. This man was a known danger. He intentionally tried to kill our mother less than one year ago when he ran her over with his car. Based on his racist comments towards us, he should have been charged with a hate crime then. He should not have been released without monitoring. Yet he was released and put back next door to us, the family he assaulted just months before. This is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes.
Our brother Khalid was just 37 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He was a kind spirit, loving brother, uncle and son. Khalid’s heart was big. He cared for our entire family, our friends and people he didn’t even know. He created every Jabara family joke and filled our lives with love and laughter. All of that has been taken away from us by this hateful man and a system that failed to protect our community."
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