Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Found Not Guilty in Murder of Kate Steinle

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Jose Ines Garcia Zarate enters court for an arraignment on July 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Michael Macor-Pool/Getty Images)

A San Francisco jury has found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle in a case that attracted national attention to San Francisco's sanctuary city policy. Zarate's attorneys argued that he accidentally killed Steinle on San Francisco's Embarcadero when he picked up an object wrapped in a towel that he didn't know was a gun and it fired. Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was killed.


  • Alex Emslie, KQED News reporter
  • Lara Bazelon, associate law professor, USF School of Law
  • Jim Hammer, San Francisco prosecutor and former San Francisco police commissioner