A 69-year-old North Hills man suspected of killing his son outside a house where the man’s wife was found stabbed to death was charged Friday with murder, with a hate crime allegation that he killed his son because he was gay, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
He said he then heard noises, armed himself with a gun and encountered his 29-year-old son Amir outside, who he claimed threatened him with a knife, police said. A shooting then took place.
“The suspect made incriminating statements implicating himself in the death of (the son) and was arrested for murder,” Operations Valley Bureau homicide Detective John Doerbecker told the Daily News. “He claimed (the son) was armed with a knife, and there was no knife to be found (there).
“It was a horrible family tragedy.”
Doerbecker said that there had been problems between the son and his dad, with the son reportedly vandalizing the home. He said the couple was in the process of evicting the son from the house.
Neighbors said the father and son could be frequently heard screaming at each other.
The felony complaint includes a special allegation that Issa intentionally discharged a shotgun, which caused great bodily injury and death.
Prosecutors also allege that the murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation and because of the victims’ association with a person and a group of that status, considered a hate crime, prosecutors said.
They said Issa had allegedly threatened to kill his son on earlier occasions because he was gay.
An investigation into the death of the victim’s mother is ongoing, prosecutors said.
If convicted of one count of premediated murder, as he was charged, he could serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Issa, now held in Men’s Central Jail without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon, but it was postponed to April 11 in Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando.