LA father allegedly killed son because he was homosexual

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 8:03 PM

Shehada Issa, sixty-nine, said he shot his son in self-defense after he discovered his wife'south deceased body in their house.

LA County prosecutors have charged a man who shot and killed his son with premeditated murder, alleging that he committed the crime because his son was gay.

Shehada Issa, sixty-nine, said he shot his son in self-defense after he discovered his wife'south deceased body in their house.

The district attorney'south office said Friday that Issa had allegedly threatened to murder his 29-year-old son, Amir, in the past because he was gay.

"The murder was committed because of the victim'south sexual orientation and because of the defendant'south perception of that status and the victims' organization with a person and a grouping of that status," prosecutors said in a statement.

Issa was arrested Tuesday after LA police officers found the younger man'south body exterior a house in the city'south N Hills area. Issa'south wife was found stabbed to death interior the house.

Detectives said Issa told officers he found his wife'south body in a bathroom.

"He claimed (the son) was armed with a knife, and there was number knife to be found (there). It was a horrible family tragedy," Detective John Doerbecker told the Daily News.

Authorities allege the father used a shotgun in the attack on his son, the LA Times reported.

Doerbecker told the Daily News that there had been problems between the father and son, including the son reportedly vandalizing the home. He said the couple was in the process of evicting the son.

An investigation into who killed Issa'south wife is ongoing.

Issa is being held without bail pending his arraignment on April 11.

He faces life in prison if convicted of the charge.

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