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Trump tweet slams 'disgraceful' Kate Steinle verdict

Trump tweet slams 'disgraceful' Kate Steinle verdict”

According to the Associated Press, a Mexican man, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has been found not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a woman, Kate Steinle, on a San Francisco pier.

Garcia Zarate was charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the death of Steinle, a 32-year-old Pleasanton native and San Francisco resident, on July 1, 2015.

Steinle was walking on Pier 14 with her father and a family friend around 6:30 p.m. when she was struck in the back by a single bullet that had ricocheted off the pier before it hit her. He has repeatedly warned about violent Latino gangs flourishing in sanctuary cities, and used the crime as part of his efforts to justify a crackdown on undocumented immigrants and win support for a wall he wants built along the USA boarder with Mexico. Under local sanctuary city rules, local law enforcement won't hold a person beyond the term of their incarceration.

The jury of six men and six women - including three immigrants - found Garcia Zarate not guilty of homicide.

A photo of murder victim Kate Steinle, right, is placed on an easel as her father Jim Steinle (second from left) prepares to testify about her murder during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on US immigration enforcement policies, on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 21, 2015. Garcia Zarate, formerly known as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez (left), admitted that he shot Steinle but that the shooting was an accident.

Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation at the time of Steinle's death.

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"I'm relieved", Public Defender Jeff Adachi said after the verdict reading, adding that evidence in the case played a big role in the not-guilty verdict.

"While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle's death-a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer-the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm".

But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and as bad as her death was, "nothing you do is going to fix that". The defense argued that the shooting was unintentional, that the defendant found the gun wrapped in a cloth under his seat at the pier and that it accidentally discharged.

Jim Steinle, left, father of Kate Steinle, walks toward the courtroom at the San Francisco Hall of Justice on October 23, 2017.

"The verdict that came in today was not the one we were hoping for", said Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco prosecutor's office. Before the killing, he had been released from a San Francisco jail after a minor drug charge was dismissed.

Steinle's death became a rallying cry for Trump and others, who have invoked the case in decrying sanctuary cities and promoting the construction of the border wall.



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