BREAKING: Jury Finds Illegal Who Murdered Kate Steinle NOT GUILTY


Kate Steinle was walking with her father and a family friend in July 2015 when she was shot, collapsing into her father's arms. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal who had been deported 5 times, admitted to the shooting. The gun belonged to a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger and was stolen from his parked car a week earlier.



SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In a surprising verdict, the jury of six men and six women deliberated and came back with a not guilty verdict, acquitting defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. He was facing second degree murder charges for killing 32-year-old Pleasanton resident Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015, at Pier 14 in San Francisco.

The jury found Garcia Zarate guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon.

While Garcia Zarate can technically walk out of the courtroom, it's expected he will be taken into custody by Immigration officials and eventually deported back to his native Mexico.

The case gained notoriety because Garcia Zarate is an undocumented immigrant who had been deported several times and had a number of felony convictions.