San Francisco jury finds Kate Steinle murder suspect not guilty

San Francisco jury finds Kate Steinle murder suspect not guilty

[Ed. – There’s no doubt that Garcia Zarate, AKA Francisco Sanchez (yeah, guy’s got multiple aliases), shot her, so the finding here is that he wasn’t guilty even of manslaughter, even though he was wielding the gun that killed her (and has acknowledged that from the beginning).  Eventually we may find out more about the jury’s thinking.  It may be that the prosecution didn’t make a compelling case, in an incident with some twists to it (i.e., the bullet ricocheting). He was convicted of felony firearm possession (1-3 years), but will undoubtedly be handed over for deportation based on time served since his arraignment.]

In a surprising verdict, the jury of six men and six women deliberated and came back with a not guilty verdict for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. The defendant was facing second degree murder charges for killing 32-year-old Pleasanton resident Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015 at Pier 14 in San Francisco. While Garcia Zarate can technically walk out of the courtroom, it’s expected that he will be taken into custody by Immigration officials and eventually deported back to his native Mexico. …

Garcia Zarate…claimed he found the gun wrapped in a piece of cloth under a swivel chair at the pier. He says he picked it up and it accidentally fired, hitting Steinle in the back. But first, the bullet ricocheted and then traveled 78 feet before striking Steinle in the back.

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