Jury Hears Jail Calls Between Stanley Majors, Late Husband
TULSA, Oklahoma - The district attorney rested its case in Stanley Major's murder trial Thursday, but not before giving jurors insight into the defendant's state of mind.
Prosecutors played jail recordings in which Majors repeatedly threatened shooting victim Khalid Jabara and asked his husband to lie for him.
Prosecutors played 10 jail phone calls from Majors to his now-deceased husband, Stephen Schmauss. The calls dated back to November 2015 when Majors was in jail for running over Khalid’s mother, Haifa Jabara.
The calls started out tame but quickly turned aggressive as Majors insisted Schmauss get Khalid arrested.
Majors: "You're going to get that motherf***er arrested...Khalid Jabara, I'm going to f*** him up if it's the last thing I do."
Majors also told his husband, "Stop defending him, OK? He's not your lover, OK?"
On another call, Schmauss made a comment about what would happen if they declared Majors insane.
Majors: "They're not going to declare me insane."
Majors' attorneys’ entire defense revolves around the fact they say Majors was an untreated schizophrenic at the time he shot and killed Khalid.
Majors' attorneys say he was delusional and thought the Jabara family was out to get him because he's gay. However, Majors sounded completely coherent, aware, and organized in the phone calls.
Prosecutors say Majors was jealous of the friendship between Khalid and his husband.
On another call, Majors said, "I'm married to you and don't you ****ing forget it. I will ****ing kill people over this. Look at Khalid, he's six feet under. Good riddance."
Majors was also recorded telling his husband to withhold information from attorneys and investigators.
Majors told Schmauss not to tell anybody he gave him a black eye.
Majors also told his husband not to tell anyone that Majors had shot Schmauss' cell phone on the day Khalid died to stop him from making any phone calls.
On multiple calls, Majors insisted to Schmauss he shot Khalid in self-defense and that Majors felt the Jabaras were harassing him.
Majors: "This is all a gay thing, really…That's why they started harassing me because I'm a homosexual…It was self-defense, all the way."
On the final phone call, we heard the first and only hints of remorse.
Majors: "I've gotten to thinking about it, and it was just stupid. All of it…Recently, my head has cleared. The whole thing was just stupid."
Majors repeatedly asked for his husband's forgiveness, saying he wished the shooting "never happened."
Schmauss: "I still don't understand why you didn't like Khalid…I liked him a lot. He was one of my best friends…He'd have given me the shirt off his back."
Majors: "That's your friendship, not mine…I never liked him."
Schmauss: "You never gave him a chance."
Schmauss compared his relationship with Jabara to a "father/son" relationship in the same phone call. Majors then said he had a list of 23 things Jabara had done to him.
The prosecution rested after the final phone call was played for the jury.
We heard Schmauss' deposition earlier in the week along with 911 calls from both parents on the day Khalid Jabara was murdered.
Tulsa police officers testified Wednesday saying they were familiar with Majors' feud with the Jabara family, and they described Majors as aggressive and paranoid.
The medical examiner also took the stand to confirm that Jabara was killed by a gunshot wound to the lower left back hip in August 2016.
It should be noted that inmates are aware that their phone calls are recorded and can be used in court.
Majors' attorneys called one witness - Majors' psychiatrist at the Tulsa County Jail. Dr. Jawaun Lewis told the jury Majors is currently taking Haldol, a drug used to treat certain mental illnesses/disorders, including schizophrenia.
However, Lewis admitted he did not personally diagnose Majors with schizophrenia, he's continuing treatment based on other doctors' recommendations.
We expect to hear from more doctors when the trial resumes Monday morning.