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Jury: Mexican man not guilty in San Francisco pier killing

Jury: Mexican man not guilty in San Francisco pier killing

Garcia Zarate was found not guilty on the charges of first degree murder, second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Languishing in seventh behind his Republican competitors at the time, just two weeks into his campaign, Trump used Garcia Zarate's past-he had been deported from the US five times and had seven felony convictions, including drug charges-as proof of his campaign's anti-immigrant operating thesis.

Defense lawyers said the shooting was an accident that happened when Garcia Zarate, who had a history of drug crimes but no record of violence, found the gun wrapped in a T-shirt or cloth under his seat on the pier just seconds before it discharged in his hands.

Kathryn Steinle, 33, died in her father's arms when she was shot on July 1, 2015, while they and a family friend were strolling along Pier 14 in the city's tourist-friendly Embarcadero district.

"When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public's safety at risk".

After he was elected president, Trump signed an executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with USA immigration authorities, a policy that a federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked Monday.

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter said Steinle "would still be alive if we had a wall", referring to President Donald Trump's call for the construction of a border wall between the USA and Mexico. San Francisco's decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.

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Prosecutors argued that when he shot Steinle, Zarate was "playing his own secret version of Russian roulette".

A San Fransisco jury has acquitted an undocumented immigrant who was charged with the murder of Kate Steinle.

"I urge the leaders of the nation's communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Garcia Zarate's immigration status has not played a role in the case presented by prosecutors. Steinle's death became part of the immigration debate in this country. TIMELINE: How the Kate Steinle case unfoldedThe Steinle family has been waiting more than two years for this day.

"My opponent wants Sanctuary Cities".

The defendant had been deported five times.He was scheduled for a sixth deportation in 2015 while he was in federal custody for felony reentry. The voters responded by putting him into the White House with a mandate to build a border wall and enforce federal immigration law. When he was released, ICE sent him to San Francisco on March 26, 2015, for a 1995 warrant accusing him of selling $20 worth of marijuana. San Francisco voters understood that, tossing out Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi in the next local election. "She would still be alive today if her killer had been imprisoned or deported, as he should have been".