Deported 5 times, and fired the fatal bullet. Now he walks free.
The verdict from the infamous Kate Steinle case has been handed down.
He kicked the gun into the water after it fired.
What’s the verdict?
That really ticked off Doug — and the rest of us in America with an ounce of sense. Check it out:
On all the charges except the ‘felon in possession of a firearm’ charge.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man accused of killing Kate Steinle at a San Francisco pier in 2015, is found NOT guilty of first degree murder, NOT guilty of second degree murder, and NOT guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) December 1, 2017
Was it a good verdict? Or will most people agree with Ben Shapiro’s assessment?
Horrifying verdict on Steinle murderer. Politics trumps evidence in California once again.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 1, 2017
And the defendant’s attorney wasted no time in grandstanding and politicizing this result, specifically naming Trump, Pence and Sessions:
For those who might criticize this verdict, there are a number of people that have commented on this case in the last couple of years, the Attorney General of the United States, the President and Vice President of the United States — let me just remind them that they are themselves under investigation by a Special Prosecutor in Washington DC and they may themselves soon avail themselves of the Presumption of Innocence and the beyond reasonable doubt standard. And so I would ask them to reflect on that before they comment or disparage the result of this case.
That Jose Inez Garcia Zarate was holding the gun that fired the fatal shot was never in dispute. The only question was whether the shot was deliberate or accidentally discharged.
Garcia Zarate was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors had argued that this was a calculated murder, while defense attorney Matt Gonzalez countered in court it was a “freakish ricochet.”
Garcia Zarate, 54, had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth. 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 car of a Bureau of Land Management agent. It’s unclear how the gun got to the pier.
The bullet pierced the San Francisco woman’s lower back and tore through her abdominal aorta. Steinle’s 2015 death put San Francisco and its “sanctuary city” policy in the spotlight, as city officials got blowback for refusing to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.
The defense lawyer was asked was it not at least ‘involuntary manslaughter’?
His reply was that Zarate would have had to know he was wielding a weapon, and ‘brandish’ it in a threatening way.
And now, Kate Steinle is just as dead as she was.
And the Five-Times-Deported-Felon who shot her goes free.