SAN FRANCISCO – Trial begins this week for a Mexican man who set off a national immigration debate after he fatally shot a woman on a popular San Francisco pier.
Fifty-four-year-old Jose Ines Garcia Zarate acknowledges shooting Kate Steinle in the back while she was walking with her father on the downtown pier on July 1, 2015.
But Zarate says the shooting was accidental. Zarate told police he was handling a handgun he found under a bench on the pier when it accidentally fired. The handgun belonged to a Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported that it was stolen from his parked car in San Francisco a week before Steinle was shot.
Zarate is charged with second-degree murder, which could result in a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison.