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.
Garcia Zarate got away with the murder of Kate Steinle because of political correctness and "social justice." He's an illegal immigrant living in a sanctuary city, which I suppose places him above the law, and gives him a license to kill.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 1, 2017
Welcome to 2017.
A travesty. A complete travesty of justice. https://t.co/lFtopT7cAr— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) December 1, 2017
Kate Steinle’s killer found not guilty of murder. Not since OJ Simpson has this kind of verdict been dropped. At the very least manslaughter - he had a stolen gun! Awful.— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 1, 2017
.@MarkSteynOnline: The Kate Steinle case and verdict is a miscarriage of justice. There is no dispute that he picked up the gun and the gunshot killed Kate. No dispute he should not have been in the country #Tucker @FoxNews— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) December 1, 2017
The California legal system just told the world that all you have to do is say you didn't mean to shoot someone with a gun, kill them, and you won't be guilty of murder or manslaughter. #KateSteinle— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) December 1, 2017
Not even involuntary manslaughter? https://t.co/FeyCwvXGz7— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 1, 2017
Kate Steinle's family should be hugging their daughter right now not seeing her killed twice. Once by an illegal alien, twice by the illegal state of California.— J_Patriot_Train 🎄🇺🇸 (@r_little_finger) December 1, 2017
San Francisco has blood on its hands. I'm so sorry for her family #KateSteinle— Jesse Watters (@jessebwatters) December 1, 2017