Illegal Immigrant Acquitted in the Murder of Kate Steinle

Illegal Immigrant Acquitted in the Murder of Kate Steinle

On July 1, 2015, San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle was enjoying a beautiful day at Pier 14 in the city with her family. The last thing she expected was that she'd be senselessly murdered.

Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, a 52-year-old illegal immigrant with seven prior felony convictions, was also at Pier 14 that day. Thanks to San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city, Zarate had previously been deported no less than five times and was wanted for a sixth.

Zarate removed a stolen gun from a bundled cloth, then fired three rounds. One struck Steinle in the back, sending her screaming into her father's arms.

"Help me, dad." Those were Kate's last words. Two hours later, she died at San Francisco General Hospital. Zarate was eventually captured and tried for murder.

Two years later, the justice system failed the Steinle family.

From CBS Bay Area:

Jurors Thursday afternoon acquitted the illegal immigrant accused of killing Kate Steinle as she walked with her father on a crowded San Francisco pier of all charges except for felony possession of a firearm..

A spokesperson for the Superior Court of California made the announcement that the jury had reached a verdict shortly after 3 p.m. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., the shocking verdict was announced that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty of all charges except for the gun possession charge.

Jurors have been deliberating on the case since Tuesday, November 21, after prosecutors and defense attorneys finished their arguments whether Garcia Zarate was a hapless homeless man who killed Steinle in a freak accident or a calculated murderer intent on playing a sick game.

The jurors broke for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Wednesday, November 22. Deliberations have been ongoing since the jury reconvened this past Monday.

The jury of six women and six men considered charges against Garcia Zarate that include murder, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the death of Steinle, a 32-year-old Pleasanton native and San Francisco resident.

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez spoke after the verdict was read, first taking a moment to offer condolences to the Steinle family.

“I hope that they do not interpret this verdict as diminishing in any way the awful tragedy that occurred,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was also quick to ask that the jury’s decision be held in the proper regard.

“This jury’s verdict should be respected,” Gonzalez said. “They heard the evidence. They deliberated as a group. They heard read back testimony. They looked at the physical evidence and they rendered a verdict to the best of their abilities in accordance with the law.”

The attorney also anticipated the likely criticism that could be forthcoming from some high-profile politicians who had already commented on the case.

“For those who might criticize this verdict – there are a number of people who have commented on this case in the last couple of years; the Attorney General of the United States and the President and Vice President of the United States,” said Gonzalez. “Let me just remind them: they are themselves under investigation by a special prosecutor in Washington D.C. and they may soon avail themselves of the presumption of innocence beyond a reasonable doubt, so I ask that they reflect on that before they comment or disparage the results of this case.”

There are no words to describe the evil that is progressive policy.

Thanks to San Francisco's self-destructive stance on illegal immigration, a career criminal was able to illegally enter and stay within our borders on five separate occasions. He was able to gain an illegal weapon despite San Francisco's strict gun-control laws, and he was able to take the life of a beautiful young woman whose only sin was enjoying a day in a city that has completely abandoned the thought of public safety.

President Trump expressed his outrage in a twitter post:

Better add another ten feet just in case, and dedicate it to Kathryn Steinle. May her death be not in vain. God bless the Steinle family.

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