A 69-year-old man was charged Friday with fatally shooting his son outside the family’s North Hills home because the young man was gay, authorities said.
Shehada Khalil Issa faced one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a news release.
The felony complaint included a special allegation that the defendant used a shotgun and that the murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation, according to the DA’s office.
On March 29, police responding to 911 calls at the family’s home found the bodies of Issa’s son and wife, prosecutors said.
Amir Issa, 29, was allegedly shot outside the house, while the body of the victim’s mother was found inside the home, the release stated.
Shehada Issa had allegedly threatened to kill his son on prior occasions because he was gay, prosecutors stated.
The defendant was being held without bail and was due in court on April 11.
If convicted as charged, Shehada Issa faced life in prison without the possibility of parole, the release stated.
An investigation into the death of the victim’s mother is ongoing. She was not identified.