Man Found Guilty of Hate Crime


020212131Shehahden Khali Issa was found guilty of two counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in case PA086010. Issa, 71-years old, was sentenced to two terms of life in state prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing his wife at their North Hills home and then shooting his son because of his sexual orientation.

He was also found true of allegations of a hate crime allegation and allegation of use of a knife and a shotgun as deadly weapons. Deputy District Attorneys Emily Cole and Leila Tahmassebi prosecuted the case.

He fatally stabbed his wife, Rabihah Shibi Issa on or between March 27th and 29th 2016, Shehadeh Issa then fatally shot his son Amir Issa on March 29th, 2016.

According to evidence, police responding to the family’s home after the shooting discovered their bodies outside of the house, Amir Issa outside of the house and Rabihah Issa’s body inside a bathroom, their murders were motivated by the defendant’s desire to sell the house they shared and an extreme hatred of his son’s sexuality.