Crime Alternate juror supports murder acquittal in pier shooting

05:51  07 december  2017
05:51  07 december  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Mexican acquitted of murder faces gun, immigration charges

  Mexican acquitted of murder faces gun, immigration charges The Latest on San Francisco pier shooting charges (all times local):5:45 p.m.Federal authorities have charged a Mexican man with new immigration and gun violations less than a week after a San Francisco jury acquitted him of murder for the shooting death of Kate Steinle, a case that helped fuel a fierce national debate on immigration.A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Tuesday on one count each of felon in possession of a firearm and of "being an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States" in possession of a gun and ammunition, according to the indictment.

Alternate juror : Steinle shooting jury was right to acquit . By: PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press. Garcia Zarate said he found a gun wrapped in a T-shirt under a seat on a popular pier , and it fired when he picked it up.

Alternate juror : Steinle shooting jury was right to acquit . By: PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press. Garcia Zarate said he found a gun wrapped in a T-shirt under a seat on a popular pier , and it fired when he picked it up.

FILE - In this July 7, 2015 file photo, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, right, is led 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. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, defended the handling of the murder trial that ended with the acquittal of Garcia Zarate, whose arrest set off a fierce national debate on immigration. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 7, 2015 file photo, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, right, is led 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. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, defended the handling of the murder trial that ended with the acquittal of Garcia Zarate, whose arrest set off a fierce national debate on immigration. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — An alternate juror who sat through a murder trial that prompted a fierce immigration debate says he agrees with the jury's decision to acquit a Mexican man of murder for the shooting death of a San Francisco woman two years ago.

Phil Van Stockum said in an interview Wednesday that there was no evidence Jose Ines Garcia Zarate planned or meant to kill Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015.

He said acquitting Garcia Zarate of involuntary manslaughter was a closer call. But he said jurors had to first determine that the Mexican man was brandishing a gun before it fired and killed Steinle.

Garcia Zarate said he didn't know he had a gun in his hands until it fired.

Van Stockum was an alternate juror and didn't participate in deliberations.

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