A North Hills man was charged Friday in the shooting death of his son, whom he allegedly killed because he was gay, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Shehada Khalil Issa, 69, was charged with one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, officials said. Prosecutors said the felony complaint includes a special allegation that Issa personally and intentionally discharged a shotgun and an allegation that he murdered his son because of his sexual orientation.
His son and wife were found dead Tuesday in his home in the 15000 block of Rayen Street, prosecutors said.
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Amir Issa, 29, was shot outside of the house and his body was discovered in the front yard. His mother was found dead inside the bathroom, investigators said.
Prosecutors said Shehada Issa allegedly threatened to kill his son on prior occasions because of his sexual orientation.
Neighbors heard multiple gunshots that morning. They said they often hear arguing at the home. Investigators were determining whether the shootings were a result of a domestic dispute.
An investigation into the mother's death is ongoing, prosecutors said.
Shehada Issa was being held without bail. If convicted as charged, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, prosecutors said.