An illegal immigrant accused of shooting Kate Steinle to death on pier in the sanctuary city of San Francisco is found not guilty of murder or manslaughter.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate has some prior felony convictions mostly for illegal re-entry into the USA and then additionally some - what would today be considered low-level drug crimes, at least in San Francisco, Calif.
Hannity noted that Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a federal request that he be held for deportation.
The killing touched off a fierce national immigration debate, and was used by then-candidate Trump to push for a wall on the Mexican border. Such cities often do not use municipal funds or resources to enforce federal immigration laws.
Zarate, a convicted felon who has been deported from the US five times, was accused of fatally shooting the 32-year-old Steinle in July 2015 while she was walking with her father and a friend in San Francisco.
The defense insisted, as per the Chronicle, that 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".
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter said Steinle "would still be alive if we had a wall", referring to President Trump's call for the construction of a border wall between the USA and Mexico.
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 vehicle nearby.
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He had been deported from the United States five times prior to Steinle's death. "He took the life of a young, vibrant, beautiful, cherished woman by the name of Kate Steinle", she said.
The bullet ricocheted on the pier's concrete walkway and fatally struck Steinle in the back.
Prosecutors said the verdict was not what they had hoped for, but they respect the decision.
Garcia Zarate's lawyer, Matt Gonzalez, had argued that the defendant wasn't criminally responsible because he found the.40-caliber Sig Sauer and wasn't aware it was a gun when it accidentally went off. "I have met with numerous great parents who lost their children to sanctuary cities and open borders".
"San Francisco's decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle", Sessions said in a statement.
President Trump later signed an executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities, a policy that a federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked Monday.
Trump also mentioned Steinle in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention after winning the Republican presidential nomination.