Photo via Wikimedia Commons
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A 69-year-old North Hills man already facing a murder count in his gay son’s shooting death was charged Thursday with fatally stabbing his 68-year-old wife.

Shehada Khalil Issa is scheduled to be arraigned May 17 in a San Fernando courtroom on the two murder charges stemming from the deaths of his wife, Rabihah, and his 38-year-old son, Amir, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The murder charges include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against him.

Issa was charged April 1 with his son’s shooting death, along with a hate crime allegation that the murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation and an allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a shotgun.

Los Angeles Police Department Detective John Doerbecker told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that Issa’s anger over his son’s sexuality was believed to be a contributing factor in the shooting, but not the underlying motivation for the killing.

Doerbecker said detectives were working on the theory that “dad killed mom and then killed his son to cover it up.”

Police were called to the family’s house in the 15000 block of Rayen Street shortly after 9 a.m. March 29 and found Amir Issa dead outside the residence and his mother dead inside a bathroom in the home, according to police and prosecutors.

Officers discovered the bloody body of Issa’s wife while investigating his son’s death.

The criminal complaint alleges that Rabihah Issa was killed on or between March 27 and March 29.

Issa is jailed without bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Information Center website.

— Wire reports 

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