Jury breaks for holiday after no verdict reached in Kate Steinle trial

FILE - This July 17, 2015, file photo shows flowers and a portrait of Kate Steinle displayed at a memorial site on Pier 14 in San Francisco, Calif. The bullet that killed Kate Steinle two years ago ricocheted off the ground about 100 yards away before hitting her in the back and later launching a criminal case at the center of a national immigration debate. A San Francisco police officer who helped supervise the investigation testified about the bullet’s trajectory Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at Zarate's trial. (Paul Chinn /San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The jurors did not reach a verdict Wednesday in the Kate Steinle murder trial.

The jury will resume deliberations on Monday after the holiday break.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate has been charged with second-degree murder in the deadly shooting of Steinle. Jurors will also be allowed to consider first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter verdicts.

The Mexican nation is accused of killing Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 in July 2015. The case launched a fierce debate on immigration and sanctuary cities.

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez told jurors that he knows it’s hard to believe the shooting was an accident.

Gonzalez said his client found a gun, it went off and Steinle died. He wrapped up his closing argument by telling jurors that Steinle’s death was horrible, but “nothing you do is going to fix that.”

Gonzalez says prosecutors are pushing a “wild narrative” that Garcia Zarate set out to hurt someone he doesn’t know. He says they haven’t provided any evidence to prove it.

Prosecutors argue he deliberately shot Steinle.

At the time of the 2015 killing, Garcia Zarate had been deported from the U.S. five times. He had just finished a federal prison sentence for illegal re-entry and was wanted for a sixth deportation.

The six-woman, six-man jury will decide the fate of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.



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