Man acquitted of Kate Steinle murder seeks gun conviction dismissal

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, Jeff Adachi, Diana Garciaor
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 file photo, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, right, is lead into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, left, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, center, for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday, July 13, 2015. The controversy was re-ignited after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was shot to death while walking on a San Francisco pier and authorities arrested suspect Lopez-Sanchez, who was released from jail in April even though immigration officials had lodged a detainer to try to deport him from the country for a sixth time. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — – Lawyers for the man acquitted of killing Kate Steinle say they will ask a judge to toss the gun possession charge in which a jury convicted him.

The San Francisco public defender’s office said Monday that its lawyers will seek dismissal of the charge sometime after Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s scheduled sentencing hearing on Dec. 14.

A jury on Thursday acquitted Garcia Zarate of murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon for the July 1, 2015 shooting death of Steinle.

The shooting sparked a national debate over immigration Because Garcia Zarate was deported to his native Mexico five times before he was arrested a few hours after the shooting.

Garcia Zarate said a gun he found accidentally fired when he picked it up.

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