Since Oklahoma statutes grant convicted criminals the right to an automatic appeal, "a criminal conviction is not final until the conclusion of the direct appeal," the appellate court's decision says.
But the court said it would no longer practice abatement "ab initio," — a Latin phrase meaning "from the beginning" — of a case.
A man sentenced to life without parole in prison for fatally shooting his neighbor, Khalid Jabara, in a hate crime in 2016 has died in prison.
Jurors deliberated for less than 2½ hours before finding the 63-year-old Majors guilty of first-degree murder.
Dr. Shawn Roberson said having a mental illness doesn’t automatically mean a person can’t understand the nature, consequences or wrongfulness of their actions.
He also determined Stanley Majors had alcohol and opiate use disorder in addition to schizophrenia, as well as an unspecified personality disorder that showed characteristics of antisocial, borderline, histrionic and narcissistic disorders.
The jury in 63-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors’ murder trial heard 10 phone calls he had with his husband, Stephen Schmauss, while incarcerated at the Tulsa Jail. The state then rested its case Thursday afternoon. The defense announced that Majors will not testify.
Stanley Vernon Majors, 63, is accused in the fatal shooting of his 37-year-old south Tulsa neighbor Khalid Jabara in 2016. Majors' husband once told the Tulsa World that Jabara was his only friend.
The jury on Tuesday heard audio recordings of frantic 911 calls placed by Jabara’s parents around the time the shooting occurred. Family members became visibly tearful upon hearing their attempts to notify police Khalid Jabara was severely injured, while Majors appeared emotionless.
“This case isn’t just about a protective order and a neighbor dispute. It’s about hate and jealousy," a prosecutor said in opening statements. "(Stanley Majors) was jealous of Khalid (Jabara). He was young, and he was beautiful.”
Nine men and five women were selected Friday morning in the case of 63-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, accused in the 2016 fatal shooting of Khalid Jabara.
Potential jurors were ordered to return Friday morning to learn whether they will be part of the final panel of 12 people plus two alternates.
Stanley Majors, 63, is accused of first-degree murder, malicious intimidation and harassment and threatening an act of violence related to the shooting on Aug. 12, 2016, that killed 37-year-old Khalid Jabara.
District Judge Sharon Holmes, who is presiding over the trial for 63-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, is expected to have a jury seated by the end of the week.
The case against 63-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors is expected to continue into February, with selection of the final 12 jurors plus two alternates projected by week’s end, District Judge Sharon Holmes announced Monday morning.
Attorneys for Stanley Vernon Majors, 63, are expected to present a mental health-based defense in hopes of an acquittal for his role in the Aug. 12, 2016, death of his neighbor, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara.
Defense attorneys for Stanley Vernon Majors, 62, filed for the gag order in Tulsa County District Court on Thursday, citing extensive coverage from local media about the slaying and the alleged harassment that led to it.
The homicide of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara made headlines around the globe because the suspect had reportedly harassed the Lebanese, Orthodox Christians as “dirty Arabs” and “Mooslems” for years.
District Judge Sharon Holmes received the case following a recusal from District Judge William LaFortune, who was previously set to preside over Stanley Majors' murder case and another case involving allegations of a 2015 assault and battery against Khalid Jabara's mother.
District Judge Sharon Holmes received the case Tuesday morning following a recusal from District Judge William LaFortune, who was previously set to preside over Stanley Majors' murder case and another case involving allegations of a 2015 assault and battery against Khalid Jabara's mother.
Judge William LaFortune recused himself from handling the trial of Stanley Vernon Majors, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Majors, 62, was recently found competent to stand trial on murder and hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of Khalid Jabara, who died in front of his family's south Tulsa home Aug. 12.
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The ruling clears the way for the Tulsa County Public Defender's Office to continue to represent Majors, who they say has dementia and issues assisting with his defense in the fatal shooting of Khalid Jabara.
His attorneys argued that Majors has dementia and has had issues assisting with his defense in the fatal shooting of Khalid Jabara.
Rob Nigh, Tulsa County chief public defender, disputed a Saturday Tulsa World story regarding the indigency status of Stanley Vernon Majors, charged with first-degree murder and violation of Oklahoma’s hate crime law in connection with the Aug. 12 shooting death of Khalid Jabara.