SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco jurors are hearing the muddled confession of the Mexican national on trial for the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle, whose death touched off a fierce debate over immigration.
The San Francisco Examiner reported Wednesday that prosecutors played a portion of the interrogation of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate recorded several hours after Steinle was shot on July 1, 2015.
Garcia Zarate was arrested about an hour after the shooting and charged with murder. He had been deported fives time and was wanted by federal immigration officials for a sixth when Steinle was shot.
Garcia Zarate, who was homeless at the time, gave confusing and conflicting accounts of the shooting. Ultimately, he says he found the gun wrapped in a shirt and it accidentally fired when he picked it up.
Information from: The San Francisco Examiner, http://www.sfexaminer.com