Kate Steinle death: Garcia Zarate acquitted of homicide

Aaron Brown
December 1, 2017

A jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a Mexican man accused of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that touched off a national immigration debate.

Garcia Zarate is subject to immediate deportation.

San Francisco Deputy District Attorney Diana Garcia said during the trial that she didn't know why Garcia Zarate fired the weapon, but he created a risk of death by bringing the firearm to the pier and twirling around on a chair for at least 20 minutes before he fired.

The six-man, six-woman jury was asked to consider first-degree murder, second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges against Garcia Zarate. However, he was found guilty of possession of a firearm.

Garcia Zarate's case triggered national controversy over San Francisco's Sanctuary City policies when it became known that he had been released from city jail several months earlier without notification to federal immigration authorities.

The case remains politically charged.

Gonzalez added: "Many people have criticized this case, including the attorney general of the US, the president and the vice president".

They spoke to the Chronicle in an exclusive interview that they said would be their last public comments. "San Francisco's decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle". Since taking office, Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from places with similar sanctuary city laws.

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"Today is vindication for the rights of immigrants", defense attorney Francisco Ugarte said.

"He did kill someone". The timing and specifics of Steinle's tragic death catapulted the case into the national spotlight as a cause célèbre for then-candidate Donald Trump, who seized upon the death of "beautiful Kate", as he referred to her on the stump. Here's an ABC News report from 2015 in which he seems to admit to firing the shot that killed Steinle.

The weapon, as it turned out, had been stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger a week before. The city has been plagued by an epidemic of auto burglaries in recent years.

Prosecutors had argued Garcia Zarate intentionally shot Steinle, 32, with a Sig Sauer.40-caliber handgun as she and her father walked on San Francisco's Pier 14.

President Donald Trump used the case as an example of why the country needs tougher immigration policies during his campaign. The administration has appealed. Under local sanctuary city rules, local law enforcement won't hold a person beyond the term of their incarceration.

Before the shooting, Garcia Zarate had finished a federal prison sentence for illegal re-entry into the United States and was transferred in March 2015 to San Francisco's jail to face a 20-year-old charge for selling marijuana. "It's disconcerting", Brad Steinle told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

He had been deported five times before.

Gillian Christensen, an ICE spokesperson, has said the detainer wasn't honored.

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