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Mental exam sought for Tulsa man charged with hate crime

November 17, 2016 - 5:03 AM

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 neighbour.

Prosecutors charged 62-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, with first-degree murder and misdemeanour 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 (http://bit.ly/2eJufM0 ) that defence 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 defence.

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

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