Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder of Cal Poly grad

December 1, 2017

Kate Steinle

A San Francisco jury acquitted a Mexican national Thursday of murdering Cal Poly grad Kate Steinle, prompting an angry reaction from President Donald Trump and other federal officials. [Cal Coast Times]

In July 2015, Steinle, 32, was walking with her father along a pier in San Francisco when she was shot in the back and killed. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, a repeat felon who had been deported five times, then admitted to shooting Steinle.

A few months prior to the shooting, Garcia Zarate was let out of jail and allowed to stay in the United States following an arrest because San Francisco, as a sanctuary city, does not comply with federal immigration detainer orders. Steinle’s death quickly became a national controversy, and Trump repeatedly spoke out about the issue during his presidential campaign.

At trial, prosecutors argued that Garcia Zarate intentionally shot and killed Steinle. The defense argued that Garcia Zarate accidentally fired the stolen gun that was in his possession.

On Thursday, the jury acquitted Garcia Zarate of charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. Jurors found him guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our country are so angry with illegal immigration,” Trump tweeted after the verdict was announced. “The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court. His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL.”

Read entire article at Cal Coast Times.







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  1. mullyman says:

    This guy illegal /accident or not should of been convicted of involuntary man slaughter at the least. He was let go and I hope the Feds will follow thru and charge him with every charge they can and put him in prison as it is obvious deporting him won’t help keep him off our streets. A little off subject but pertinent is the new required proof of who you are to get drivers license.The Dems feel it would be a undo hardship for some people to have to get a ID and show it to vote so now that everyone has to prove they live here to get a license then they should also be required to show the new ID when they vote to make sure they are legal to vote as I’m sure many vote now who are not eligible to do so. Bottom line if you have a law that is not enforced then what good is it.

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