Nation Watches as Kate Steinle Murder Trial Begins

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A well-wisher drops off flowers at the site where 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was killed on Pier 14 in San Francisco.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The jury has been chosen and opening statements are set to begin Monday in the murder trial of Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was shot to death along the San Francisco Embarcadero in 2015 by an undocumented immigrant with a felony record. The defendant, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, had been deported five times and was released from a San Francisco jail just two months before the shooting. The fact that San Francisco released Zarate instead of contacting immigration enforcement has brought national attention to San Francisco's sanctuary city policy, though some say Zarate's immigration status and the city's policy has little, if anything, to do with the shooting. We'll preview the trial.

Marisa Lagos,
reporter, KQED's California Politics & Government Desk