Jose Garcia Zarate Found Not Guilty Of Kate Steinle Murder, Twitter Reacts

Illegal alien Jose Zarate shot Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier back in 2015.

Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation at the time of Steinle's death.

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. Garcia Zarate had been released from the San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for deportation. Before the shooting, officials in San Francisco had released Garcia Zarate from custody instead of turning him over to immigration authorities. [The] Assistant District Attorney [-] spent much of the trial seeking to prove the gun that killed Steinle couldn't have fired without a firm pull of the trigger, while establishing that Garcia Zarate tossed the weapon into the bay before fleeing the scene - an implication of his guilt, she said.

Reaction to the jury's decision poured into social media Thursday night, with lawmakers and individuals on both the right and left expressing their displeasure and claiming San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city was to blame for what happened.

Jurors did find Zarate guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a charge that carries a sentence of 16 months to 3 years. Prosecutors said he meant to shoot and kill her.

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate found the gun at the pier. "But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle?" he asked.

MCEVERS: Do you think this will have any impact on San Francisco or other sanctuary cities in how they deal with these cases in the future?

After the verdict, a Public Defender Jeff Adachi also released a statement saying Zarate was "extremely relieved" by the decision and while Steinle's death "was a frightful tragedy", it was used as "political fodder for the then candidate Donald Trump's anti-immigration agenda", Fox News reported.

"Donald Trump talks about Kate Steinle like he knows her".

"It was San Francisco's sanctuary city policies that killed Kate Steinle", Hannity said. City officials have said they're not liable for a former inmate's actions. Steinle, a medical equipment saleswoman, was out for a July afternoon walk with her dad on San Francisco's Pier 14 when she was struck in the back by a single bullet. "I have met with numerous great parents who lost their children to sanctuary cities and open borders". Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it.

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump tried to link Democrat Hillary Clinton to the controversy.

This summer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3004, dubbed "Kate's Law" - a measure named for Steinle.

The measure was introduced in the Senate but failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass.

  • Tracy Klein