LA police: Sexuality not key factor in gay son’s killing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police believe the primary reason a Los Angeles man killed his adult son was to cover up for the stabbing death of his wife the previous day, and not chiefly because the son was gay, as prosecutors have alleged.

LAPD homicide Detective John Doerbecker tells the Los Angeles Times ( Tuesday that his son’s sexuality was a contributing factor for Shehada Issa in the killing, but not the main factor. Officers discovered the body of the wife, Rabihah Issa, while investigating the killing of the son, Amier Issa, on March 29.

The father has been charged with killing his son in a hate crime because he was gay. He has not yet been charged in the killing of the wife.

Prosecutors say for the hate crime charge they need only to show that sexual orientation was a factor, not the only factor.

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