Husband Of Suspect In Killing Of Arab Neighbor Tried To Warn That He Had Gun

In a bizarre twist, the husband of the Tulsa, Oklahoma man suspected of fatally shooting his Lebanese neighbor on Friday night was apparently friendly with the victim and tried to warn him that his partner was armed and dangerous.

Stephen Schmauss, 76, called Khalid Jabara on Friday evening to tell him that his husband, Stanley Vernon Majors, 61, had acquired a gun, the Tulsa World reported Thursday.

“They had a friendship,” Rebecca Abou-Chedid, a family friend of the Jabaras’ who is serving as their spokesperson, told the newspaper. “It was him who called Khalid to warn that (Majors) had a gun. That was how it started.”

Majors was prohibited from possessing a weapon due to a standing protective order against him filed by Jabara’s mother, Haifa. Police and the family say that Majors harassed the Jabaras for years with ethnic slurs and threats of violence, and he was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, among other charges, for a violent hit-and-run attack on Haifa Jabara last September.

Despite his history of violence against the family, Majors was released from jail in May on a reduced bond and returned to the residence he shared with Schmauss next door to the Jabara’s home. On Friday, only 10 weeks after his release, Majors allegedly fatally shot Khalid Jabara as he collected the mail from his front porch.

Majors, a Los Angeles native, had a long rap sheet that stretched back to California. He moved to Tulsa in 2011 while still on parole for felony weapons charges, according to the Los Angeles Times, and California authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in 2012 for violating the terms of his supervision.

Majors was extradited to California in 2013, but returned to Oklahoma and married Schmauss there in 2014, according to court records.

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