Apparently, it was Erik who went into action first, shooting Joseâs arm, and then Lyle killed his father instantly with a gunshot to the back of the head. Unlike Erikâs wife, Tammi, Rebecca has â¦ Joseph Lyle Menendez (born January 10, 1968) and Erik Galen Menendez (born November 27, 1970) are brothers who are known for their conviction in a highly publicized trial for the shotgun murders in 1989 of their wealthy parents, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife Mary "Kitty" Menendez (née Anderson), residents of Beverly Hills, California. Lyle and Erik Menendez shot and killed their parents Jose Menendezâ¦ Last Aug. 20, when the blood-spattered corpses of Jose Menendez and his wife, Mary Louise (âKittyâ), were found in the den of their $5 million Beverly Hills â¦ Believing their sons to be out for the evening and tired from a â¦ Why the Menendez Brothers Killed Their Parents â a Look Inside Their Murder Case Lyle and Erik Menendez cited emotional and physical abuse, among other reasons, for â¦ 01.05.2017 Lyle Menendez spoke out on 'Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers,' nearly 27 years after he and brother Erik murdered their parents â here â¦ By that point, $10.8 million had spent, about half going to the brothers' lawyers, including Leslie Abramson, who argued that Jose and Kitty Menendez subjected their sons to â¦ Erik Menendez is one of the much known Menendez brothers who hit the headlines in 1989 after murdering their wealthy parents using shotguns. Watch the full story in the two-hour special, "Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers," TONIGHT at 9 p.m. on ABC. S1 E1 - Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers - American Sons, American Murderers Behind the murders of a Hollywood movie executive and his former beauty queen wife by their sons, Lyle and Erik Menendez; Lyle Menendez speaks from prison. August 20, 1989 Beverly Hills, California Erik (18) and Lyle (21) Menéndez murder their parents to claim their inheritance The night of the murders, Lyle and Erik planned to watch a movie to establish an alibi. Police came upon a savage, bloody crime scene when they responded to the brothers calling 911 to report that âsomeoneâ had killed their multimillionaire parents, Kitty and Jose. The Menendez case was one of the most talked-about news items of its time. In November 2003, Menendez and Sneed married in the visiting area of Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. Check out Truth & Lies: The Menendez Brothers on ABC, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. to learn more about what exactly took place at the once-idyllic Beverly Hills home. Together with his brother Lyle they were convicted in 1996 for killing Jose Menendez, who was an executive at Live Entertainment and his wife, Mary âKittyâ Menendez. Jose and Kitty Menendez were sitting on a couch in the den, watching the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me when Lyle and Erik entered the room on that evening of August 20, 1989.Both brothers were armed with 12-gauge shotguns. Entertainment. SEARCH CLOSE. Erik and Lyle Menendez, the two brothers who infamously killed their parents in 1989, have spoken out for the first time in 27 years.