A 69 year-old father faces life sentence ‘after killing his son for being gay
Shehada Issa, faces life sentence after being charged with the murder his son and wife.
The 69 year-old who is to be arraigned on April 11 is being held without bail; and faces up to life in prison if convicted of the charge.
Shehada told officers he had come home and found his wife – Rabiha, 68 – stabbed to death inside the family’s Los Angeles home.
The LA resident stated that he had shot his son – Amir Issa, 29 – in self-defense after he had come at him with a knife as he entered his home and discovered his wife’s body.
Arriving officers said “Amir Issa, 29, was found with shotgun wounds to his face and abdomen outside the family’s Los Angeles home. His mother Rabiha, 68, was found stabbed to death inside”.
While Shehada stated self-defense as his motive for killing his son, Prosecutors are stating otherwise. They assert Issa Sr’s motive was his late son’s sexuality.
In a statement by Prosecutors, it read: “The murder was committed 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”.
As at Saturday, Police were unsure if Issa Sr had threatened his gay son over his sexuality before the incident.
When authorities arrived the Issas’ home, Shehada confessed to killing his son thereby incriminating himself in his son’s death. He was arrested on scene.
Detective John Doerbecker told the Los Angeles Daily News: “He claimed (the son) was armed with a knife, and there was no knife to be found. It was a horrible family tragedy. The father used a shotgun to shoot his son in the abdomen and face”.
It was gathered that Issa Jr had issues and had been involved in certain troubling incidents which led to the police being called to the neighborhood.
A neighbor, Francisco Gonzalez Jr. said the elder Issa once told him: “‘Drugs can mess up your life. My son had a great life, and then he did drugs and it all went away’. Shehada Issa had complained to me about what he described as his son’s problems with drugs and mental illness”.
Munoz concluded with: “He was a good guy. The son was a bad guy. I’m so sorry for the old man”.