Undocumented immigrant acquitted in shooting that sparked sanctuary-city debate

Marchers In Dallas Protest Proposed Immigration Reform

Marchers In Dallas Protest Proposed Immigration Reform

The illegal immigrant who shot Kate Steinle has been found not guilty on all but one charge involving possession of a weapon. 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.

The case against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who immigrated illegally to the United States, became a rallying cry for President Donald Trump during his campaign for the White House, as he pushed to halt illegal immigration and penalize so-called sanctuary cities, including San Francisco.

While the jurors didn't hear evidence regarding Zarate's immigration status, the shooting came roughly three months after a San Francisco jail released him despite federal immigration authorities' request he remain detained before his deportation.

Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. "He took the life of a young, vibrant, beautiful, cherished woman by the name of Kate Steinle", she said.

The sheriff's department released him a few days later after prosecutors dropped the marijuana charge, despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain him for deportation.

The jury seemed to have been convinced by defense arguments that Garcia-Zarate had no direct intention of firing the.40-caliber Sig Sauer pistol that he found that day on the waterfront, four days after it had been stolen from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger's auto nearby.

[The] Assistant District Attorney [-] spent much of the trial seeking to prove the gun that killed Steinle couldn't have fired without a firm pull of the trigger, while establishing that Garcia Zarate tossed the weapon into the bay before fleeing the scene - an implication of his guilt, she said.

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Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez told jurors the shooting was a tragic accident and that prosecutors were pushing a "wild narrative of a desire to hurt someone he does not know". The bullet, shot from a stolen gun, ricocheted off the concrete before striking Steinle. She was a 32-year-old medical equipment saleswoman.

Trump signed an executive order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities, but a federal judge recently blocked it in a lawsuit from two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara. The bill would also expand United States law to pressure local cities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

"My opponent wants Sanctuary Cities".

Zarate most recently served five years in a federal prison in Victorville, Calif. On April 15, 2015, Zarate was freed from the San Francisco County Jail. "It's disconcerting", Brad Steinle told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Several months after Steinle's death, Trump claimed that she had been shot five times.

Gillian Christensen, an ICE spokesperson, has said the detainer wasn't honored. "She would still be alive today if her killer had been imprisoned or deported, as he should have been".

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