Illegal immigrant criminal Jose Ines Garcia Zarate opened fire on Pier 14 in San Francisco, California on July 1, 2015. Shooting 32-year-old Katie Steinle in the back. Her father watched her die.
Career criminal and multiple deportee Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was later charged with her murder and tried in a San Fransisco court.
The defense claimed that the gun was discharged by accident and that Steinle was hit with a ricochet.
The prosecution was not buying this story, stating that Garcia Zarate fired with an intent to kill.
On Thursday a San Francisco jury agreed with the defense and found the Kate Steinle’s killer innocent of murder or manslaughter but guilty of the much lesser charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.
Understandably, the backlash started to pour in from the public.
After the acquittal Zarate’s attorney Francisco Ugarte fought back against the outrage. Slamming anyone who felt this way as a racist.
Attorney Francisco Ugarte said in his statement:
“I believe today is a vindication of the rights of immigrants. That today we have to reflect all of us on how we talked about this case in the beginning. And how this swarm of reflection and reaction on the basis of what I believe to be the racial dynamics of this case. Nothing about Garcia Zarate’s ethnicity, nothing about his immigration status, nothing about the fact that he was born in Mexico had any relevance on what happened on July 1, 2015.”