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A 69-year-old man accused of the premeditated, fatal shooting of his son outside their North Hills home because the young man was gay is being held without bail Saturday at the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail.
Police were called to the family’s house in the 15000 block of Rayen Street shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday and found 29-year-old Amir Issa dead outside the residence and his mother dead inside the home, police and prosecutors said.
Issa’s mother was later identified as Rabihah Issa, 68, according to coroner’s Lt. Dave Smith.
Shehada Khalil Issa was arrested and charged Friday with one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
His arraignment, originally scheduled for Friday, was continued to April 11 in San Fernando.
Issa faces a special circumstances allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a shotgun, causing great bodily injury and death, according to Ricardo Santiago, a public information officer with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
It is also alleged the elder Issa killed his son “because of the victim’s sexual orientation and because of the defendant’s perception of that status and the victim’s association with a person and a group of that status,” Santiago said.
Issa had allegedly threatened to kill his son on prior occasions because he was gay, prosecutors said.
An investigation is also being conducted into the death of Amir Issa’s mother, Rabihah.
“If convicted as charged, Shehada Issa faces life in prison without the possibility of parole,” Santiago said.
— City News Service
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