On Thursday, a San Francisco jury found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45 — the five-time deported illegal immigrant who fatally shot Kate Steinle, 35 — “not guilty” of murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a deadly weapon. Jurors acquitted Zarate of all charges but one: felony possession of a firearm. After the verdict, Zarate’s attorney deliberately connected the verdict to President Trump, who has since responded.
Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse after the shocking verdict, Zarate’s attorney, Matt Gonzales, went out of his way to connect the case to Trump, clearly anticipating the president’s response to the verdict.
“There are a number of people who have commented on this case in the last couple years — the Attorney General of the United States, the President and Vice President of the United States — let me just remind them that they are themselves under investigation by a special prosecutor in Washington, DC,” said Gonzalez, CNN reports. “They may themselves soon avail themselves of the presumption of innocence and beyond a reasonable doubt standard. And so I would ask them to reflect on that before they comment or disparage the results of this case.”
“A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” wrote Trump in a series of tweets. “The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court. His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL! … The jury was not told the killer of Kate was a 7 time felon. The Schumer/Pelosi Democrats are so weak on Crime that they will pay a big price in the 2018 and 2020 Elections.”
Read more at The Daily Wire