A 69-year-old Los Angeles father has been charged with one count of premeditated murder for fatally shooting his son for being gay.
Amir Issa was found dead outside the family home in North Hills on Tuesday, the result of what prosecutors say was a hate crime.
Shehada Issa told police he shot his son Amir in self-defense after he discovered his wife’s dead body in the house.
NY Daily News reports:
Shehada Khalil Issa faces murder charges after his son Amir Issa was found shot dead outside their North Hills home on Tuesday, the result of what prosecutors say was a hate crime.
An investigation into the death of the victim’s mother, who was found dead from stab wounds inside the house’s bathroom, is still ongoing.
The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Friday that the 69-year-old had previously threatened to kill his son, who was listed as 29 years old, because he is gay.
A Los Angeles Police spokesman told the Daily News Saturday that the victim was actually 38, the same age as an Amier Issa who previously had legal trouble in San Diego for slashing his ex-boyfriend’s face with a knife in 2008.
Detective John Doerbecker told the Los Angeles Daily News that the elder Issa had claimed his son had a knife, though no such weapon was found at the house.
He added the family’s problems had resulted in the parents were in the process of kicking their son out before Tuesday’s “horrible family tragedy.”
Amir Issa had chronicled his frustration with his parents on his Facebook page, saying that they were trying to control him.
He said that they “lied to courts and doctor to try and label me as mentally ill and failed in their attempts to have me falsely imprisoned and evicted.”
Issa added, “I want to see Jesus. Please help rid this world of the demons that attack me,” and said that he had directed his life insurance money to go to the Seventh-day Adventist church.
His page also included a video where he speaks with two people he says are his parents and argues with them about his sexuality, demanding to know if they had ever had anal sex.
At points during the video his presumed father calls him a pervert and says he should be castrated.
Los Angeles County jail records indicate Shehada Khalil Issa is currently in custody pending a $2,000,000 bail.
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