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Jury Finds Stanley Majors Guilty On All Counts

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A jury believes Stanley Majors should spend the rest of life in prison for murdering his neighbor in what prosecutors hate crime.

Their guilty verdict came after a week and a half of testimony.

The jury recommended the maximum sentence of life without parole for Majors after finding him guilty on all charges.

Jurors deliberated for just over two hours before convicting Majors of murdering of his next-door neighbor, Khalid Jabara.

"I think the jury sent a really strong message in maxing out the punishments," said Khalid's sister-in-law, Jenna Jabara.

Majors' attorneys argued his client was an untreated schizophrenic and did not understand the consequences of his actions when he shot and killed Jabara.

But after hearing all of the evidence, the jury felt differently and found Majors guilty of first-degree murder, malicious intimidation or harassment and threatening an act of violence.

The Jabara family said they are relieved the jury gave him the worst possible sentence for the death of their loved one.

"I just knew how he terrorized our family. I think the prosecution put it as bluntly as possible. He's a racist and a bigot," Khalid’s sister, Victoria Williams said.

She added, "I just knew how he terrorized our family. I think the prosecution put it as bluntly as possible."

After the verdict, Majors' attorney said he stands by their defense but respects the jury's decision.

"We are still under the impression and belief that our client does have a severe mental illness, but we still respect the decision of this jury,” said Majors' Attorney Travis Smith.   

The defense says it's planning to appeal the verdict.

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Closing arguments were read first thing Wednesday morning before the case was handed to the jury.

Prosecutors said Majors threatened the Jabara family for years because of their ethnicity and that Majors was jealous of Jabara, who was close friends with Majors' late husband.

The defense attorneys admitted Majors killed Jabara but said he has schizophrenia and didn't understand what he was doing.

Tuesday, the defense rested and prosecutors brought in a psychologist for their rebuttal. That psychologist said he did several tests on Majors and said he did not show signs of mental illness and believes he was fully aware of his actions when he killed Jabara.

The Jabara family was been in the courtroom every day. They said Majors was mean to them for years because they're Lebanese Americans.

A judge will sentence Majors on February 20. 

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