The case of Kate Steinle, the American tragically killed by an illegal immigrant and the inspiration for “Kate’s Law,” is finally underway.
Too often, the mainstream media purposely ignores the stories of American victims of illegal immigrant crime since they do not go along with their left-biased narrative.
As reported at FoxNews
Kate Steinle’s murder fueled national outrage and became a flashpoint in the divisive debate over the twin issues of illegal immigration and U.S. sanctuary cities, and now her accused killer is getting his day in court.
A homeless illegal immigrant from Mexico is charged with the slaying which became a signature issue for Donald Trump as he was running for president. Trump invoked the murder in calling for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border and stepping up deportations and cracking down on illegal immigration.
The 32-year-old woman and her father James Steinle were strolling on San Francisco’s Embarcadero on July 1, 2015 when she was shot.
Her father testified Monday that before she died, she said to him: “Help me, dad.” The prosecution said those were her last words.
Two days after Steinle was shot, Trump released a tough statement on the killing.
“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,” he said.
“This is an absolutely disgraceful situation, and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it. That won’t happen if I become president.”
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 54, admits shooting Steinle but says it was an accident.
A jury of six men and six women began hearing arguments Monday in the courtroom of Judge Samuel Feng.
“This is the gun fired at a young woman named Kathryn Steinle on pier 14,” prosecutor Diana Garcia told the jury in her opening statement.
She pointed to Zarate, and said, “She’s dead because this man pointed a gun in her direction and pulled the trigger.”
Garcia said the prosecution’s evidence includes surveillance video from a fire station that shows Steinle falling to the ground and a splash from when Zarate threw the gun in the water.
She concluded by telling the jury when they see the video, hear the defendant’s words, hear from witnesses and hear more about the gun, they will conclude that Zarate knew what he was doing and that “he meant to shoot people on pier 14 and ended up killing Kate Steinle.”
Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez said during his opening statement that his client hadn’t stolen the gun, but rather found it on the pier, and it went off as he unwrapped the T-shirt.
He showed the jury surveillance video, attempting to prove that someone else could have left the gun where Zarate was sitting and argued that Zarate threw the gun in the water to make it stop firing.
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