JUST IN: Verdict on Illegal Immigrant Who Killed Kate Steinle. It's Not Good...
Remember Kate Steinle? She's the girl who was murdered by an illegal immigrant a few years back (see YES! House Passes 'Kate's Law' to Strengthen Sentencing Against Illegals). Well, according to the jury's verdict, she wasn't "murdered" per se. Yes, really...
Jurors have found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of killing Kate Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco in July 2015 in the trial that sparked a national debate over illegal immigration.
Jurors reached the decision Thursday in the sixth day of deliberations after receiving the case last week.
Before we go any further, let's clear this up. Jose killed Kate. Jurors agree on this:
Steinle was walking with her father and a family friend in July 2015 when she was shot, collapsing into her father's arms.
Zarate and his defense team maintained the argument that the suspect found the stolen weapon on the pier that day and it "just fired."
The bullet ricocheted on the pier's concrete walkway before it struck Steinle, killing her. Zarate has admitted to shooting Steinle, but says it was an accident.
So we've established that he definitely killed her. By shooting her. They just don't think he murdered her. The gun fired on its own or something. Because, you know, those rogue guns be shooting up everyone these days.
And to make matters even worse, let's take a look at this detail:
Zarate has been released from a San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for deportation.
This paired with the other verdict from earlier this week (see [Video] Benghazi Suspect Avoids Death Penalty. Victim's Father Speaks Out...) makes for a continuous pattern of judicial disappointment. At least it's consistent.
You know how the DNC celebrates illegal immigrants by giving them standing ovations? I get the feeling this guy won't be trotting up there in show pony fashion. But let's give it a few months and see. The left is full of surprises these days.