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Man Allegedly Killed By Father For Being Gay, Had Violent History In San Diego

Court documents show Amir Issa was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2011.

 The man shot and killed in Los Angeles by his father for allegedly being gay was convicted of attacking a man in San Diego in 2011, according to court documents.

Shehada Khalil Issa, 69, was charged Friday in the shooting death of his son, Amir Issa, 29, whom he allegedly killed because he was gay, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Amir Issa was shot outside of his family’s home in LA Tuesday. His body was discovered in the front yard. His mother was found dead inside the bathroom, investigators said. Prosecutors said Shehada Issa allegedly threatened to kill his son on prior occasions because of his sexual orientation. An investigation into the mother's death is ongoing, prosecutors said.

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NBC 7 Investigates discovered while living in San Diego, a jury convicted Amir Issa of assault with a deadly weapon in 2011, after he slashed his then-boyfriend's face with a five-inch knife. The attack happened in Hillcrest.

Court records show Amir Issa was at first found mentally incompetent to stand trial but after treatment at a state hospital, doctors declared him sane. Charges were refiled and Amir served more than a year in jail followed by three years probation, according to court documents.

The court documents detail that while serving probation he moved to Los Angeles, to live with his family.

Shehada was charged with one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, officials said. Prosecutors said the felony complaint includes a special allegation that Issa personally and intentionally discharged a shotgun and an allegation that he murdered his son because of his sexual orientation.

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