**Family: Son killed by neighbor who called him ‘dirty Arab’ **
(CNN)For years, the Jabara family says, their Tulsa neighbor terrorized them.
He called them names – “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” they said.
He hurled racial epithets at those who came to work on their lawns, they alleged.
He ran Haifa Jabara over with his car and went to court for it.
And it all came to a head last week when the man, Stanley Vernon Majors, walked up to the front steps of the family home and shot and killed Khalid Jabara, police said.
“The frustration that we continue to see anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, xenophobic rhetoric and hate speech has unfortunately led up to a tragedy like this,” said the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Khalid Jabara’s parents immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s from Lebanon.They settled in Tulsa and raised three children. One brother became a lawyer, the sister works in marketing, and Khalid Jabara ran the family catering business with his mother.
“He was hilarious, quirky, very intelligent, and really would give all of himself for anyone he loved,” his brother wrote in a Facebook post.
In 2015, Haifa Jabara says she was taking a walk in the neighborhood when Majors ran her over with his car.“He came from the back and hit me hard,” she said. “I fell on the floor, bloody, bleeding from my head. A lady was passing by, called 911 and rescued me,” she said.
She spent weeks in the hospital with a broken shoulder, collapsed lung and fractured ribs, among other injuries.
Police charged Majors with felony assault. Initially, he was held in custody without bond. But three months ago, against the district attorney’s wishes, a judge allowed his release until his trial in March 2017.
“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,” the family said.
Majors was also charged with public intoxication. So, the family can’t understand why a judge would release him without conditions.
“This family did everything they could do. They used every legal avenue they could to protect themselves,” Rebecca Abou-Chedid, a family friend, told CNN.
Majors’ lawyer, Marvin Lizama, said the man had been in good spirits since his release.
“I don’t know what happened last week that could have changed that,” he told CNN.
“Never did I expect Mr. Majors to do something like this. This was unexpected and unfortunate.”
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler released a statement on Tuesday: “Majors presented an obvious public safety risk and we made that argument to the Court. The family did everything they were supposed to do and the system failed them. Once we receive the investigative reports from Tulsa police, we will review them for consideration of charges. Majors is presumed innocent under the law until a judge or jury determines otherwise.”
According to Slate:
Majors, who court records showed was married to a man in 2014, told police that the family “were filthy Lebanese and they throw gay people off roof tops,” a police report stated