Suspect in Kate Steinle Murder is Found Not Guilty by San Francisco Jury

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FILE – In this July 17, 2015 file photo, flowers and a portrait of Kate Steinle remain at a memorial site on Pier 14 in San Francisco. A jury has reached a verdict Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in the trial of Mexican man at center of immigration debate in the San Francisco pier shooting. (Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

November 30, 2017
OAN Newsroom

An illegal immigrant accused of shooting Kate Steinle to death on pier in the sanctuary city of San Francisco is found not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

The verdict was announced on Thursday, nearly a week after the jury began deliberating.

The same jury did find Jose Garcia Zarate guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon. His lawyers argued it was an accident.

Zarate was accused of finding a stolen gun on using it to shoot the 32-year-old woman while she was walking with her father in 2015.

The defendant had been freed from jail shortly before the shooting despite a federal request to hold him for deportation.