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Valley Man Who Allegedly Killed Son Also Charged With Wife's Murder

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A North Hills man who was initially accused murdering his son because he was gay has also been charged with murdering his wife, according to the Daily News.

Shehada Issa, 69, was arrested back in early April, after he allegedly shot and killed his 38-year-old son, Amir Issa, in the yard of his Valley home. Though the L.A. District Attorney's office initially claimed "the murder was committed because of the victim's sexual orientation," LAPD quickly stepped in and said the D.A.'s claims weren't entirely accurate. The addition of a second murder charge means Issa is now eligible for the death penalty.

Aside from Issa's dead son, LAPD investigators also found the body of Issa's wife, Rabihah Issa, in the bathroom of the family's home. She was was found with multiple stab wounds. Prosecutors now allege that Issa killed his wife sometime between March 27 and March 29, and then shot Amir on March 29 in an attempt to cover up his wife's murder.

When police first questioned him, Issa said he shot his son in self-defense after his son attacked him with a knife, implicitly after murdering Rabihah.

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Life at the Issa household was troubled. Neighbors reported hearing frequent screams from inside the home, and several Facebook posts by Amir in the days before his death hinted at mental illness. Amir had previously served time at a state mental health institution after he was convicted in 2010 of assault with a deadly weapon.