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Father charged with killing son because he's gay

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NORTH HILLS (CNS) - 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 was being held without bail Saturday at the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail.

Shehada Khalil Issa was arrested following the shooting on Tuesday and charged Friday with one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, according police and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

Police were called to the family's house in the 15000 block of Rayen Street shortly after 9 a.m. 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, who police say had been stabbed multiple times, was later identified as Rabihah Issa, 68, according to coroner's Lt. Dave Smith.

The death of Rabihah Issa, who was the defendant's wife, is ongoing, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Shehada Issa's arraignment, originally scheduled for Friday, was continued to April 11 in San Fernando.

He 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 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 victims' 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.

''If convicted as charged, Shehada Issa faces life in prison without the possibility of parole,'' Santiago said.

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