Undocumented immigrant acquitted in shooting that sparked sanctuary-city debate

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According to the Associated Press, a Mexican man, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has been found not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a woman, Kate Steinle, on a San Francisco pier. 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.

The case gained national attention during the 2016 presidential race when then-candidate Donald Trump cited it as an example of why the sanctuary cities, which limit a city's cooperation with the federal government's efforts to enforce immigration law, should be ended. Proceedings lasted about one month.

He had been deported from the United States five times prior to Steinle's death.

Prosecutor Diana Garcia had argued the shooting was a deliberate act, while defense attorneys Matt Gonzalez and Francisco Ugarte described it as an accident, occurring after Garcia Zarate picked up a gun he found on the pier.

Garcia Zarate did not deny shooting Steinle and said it was an accident.

But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and as bad as her death was, "nothing you do is going to fix that".

The gun was stolen from the SUV of a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger that was parked in San Francisco. The weapon Steinle was killed with on July 1, 2015 turned out to be a.40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun, which had been stolen from the vehicle of a Bureau of Land Management agent. Before the killing, he had been released from a San Francisco jail after a minor drug charge was dismissed.

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Kathryn Steinle was shot dead at San Francisco's Pier 14 while out for an evening stroll with her father along the waterfront.

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.

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

"Donald Trump talks about Kate Steinle like he knows her". She was a 32-year-old medical equipment saleswoman.

The sheriff's department released him a few days later after prosecutors dropped the marijuana charge, despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain him for deportation. "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".

"My opponent wants Sanctuary Cities".

"Her death was preventable - and it should have been prevented", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in July.