Life in prison for US man who killed Lebanese neighbor

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Victoria Jabara Williams, from left, with her brother Rami Jabara and his wife Jenna Carl Jabara talk about the murder sentence against Stanley Vernon Majors for the killing of Khalid Jabara after the trial at the Tulsa County Courthouse in Tulsa, Okla., in this Feb. 7, 2018 photo. (AP)
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This Aug. 12, 2016, file photo provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office shows Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, Okla. (AP)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Life in prison for US man who killed Lebanese neighbor

CHICAGO: An Oklahoma man convicted of the hate-motivated killing of his Lebanese American neighbor was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole.
Stanley Majors was convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder for fatally shooting his next-door neighbor in the city of Tulsa, because of his hatred of the neighbor’s Lebanese descent.
Khalid Jabara, 37, was killed on the front porch of his family home in August 2016, just minutes after calling police to report that his threatening neighbor had a gun.
Majors had tormented the Jabara family for years, according to prosecutors, calling them “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese” and “Mouslims.”
The Jabaras are Christian and had fled Lebanon’s civil war decades ago to avoid religious persecution.
The 63-year-old was also sentenced for the hate crime charge of malicious intimidation or harassment.
The Jabara family said the hate crime charge sent an important message.
“We believe that as a community we have to pay attention to our thoughts, as they become our words, our words as they become our actions. We must hold each other accountable,” the victim’s sister Victoria Jabara Williams told reporters after Majors’s conviction.
“The rhetoric that’s going on in our community and nationally, and globally, I think it’s more important than ever that we say something when we hear something,” she said.
At the time of the shooting, Majors was out on bail after serving prison time for striking Jabara’s mother with his car. He was also under a protective order that barred him from having a firearm.
Prosecutors had asked the presiding judge to show no mercy to Majors because he had expressed no remorse for his actions, according to the Tulsa World newspaper.
His defense argued that Majors was a mentally ill gay man who feared Muslims would harm him because of his sexuality. His mistaken belief that the Jabaras were Muslim drove him to his violent actions, they claimed.
Majors’s attorney Justin Smith planned to appeal the conviction.
“We still are under the impression and belief that our client has a severe mental illness,” Smith said, according to CNN.


Three people killed after being hit by a train in south London

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Three people killed after being hit by a train in south London

  • The BBC reported that spray cans were found near the bodies of the men, believed to be aged in their 20s, on the busy trainline near Loughborough Junction station.
  • Superintendent Matthew Allingham confirmed the men were not railway employees and that officers were investigating the possibility they might have been graffiti artists.

LONDON: Three men died after they were hit by a train in south London on Monday, with police saying it was possible the men were graffiti artists.
British Transport Police said a train driver had alerted them after spotting multiple bodies on the track at around 0730 GMT and that their injuries were consistent with having been hit by a train.
The BBC reported that spray cans were found near the bodies of the men, believed to be aged in their 20s, on the busy trainline near Loughborough Junction station.
Police said they were treating the deaths as “unexplained.” Superintendent Matthew Allingham confirmed the men were not railway employees and that officers were investigating the possibility they might have been graffiti artists.
Pictures taken at the scene showed police removing evidence bags containing clothes and spray cans.
“We are aware that there are a number of speculative comments about this on social media, but it is too early for us to comment on their reasons for being on the track,” BTP said in a statement.
The identity of one of those killed had been established but the other two men were yet to be identified.
Fatalities are relatively rare on Britain’s rail network. Seven people died when a car pulled onto a rail crossing in 2004 in Berkshire, southern England, and seven died when a tram crashed in Croydon, south London, in 2016.