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>> It was a killing that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against illegal immigration, but according to a San Francisco jury it was an accident. Mexican citizen Jose Garcia Zarate was cleared on murder charges on Thursday in the 2015 death of an American woman. 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot while walking with her father along a San Francisco pier.
Prosecutors argued that Zarate used a stolen firearm to intentionally cause harm, but defense attorneys say he found the gun beneath a bench on the pier and fired it by accident. The jury agrees. Zarate was instead found guilty of a lesser charge relating to weapons possession. Zarate has been deported from the US five times, spending much of his adult life in prison, both in the US and Mexico.
>> Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant with five prior deportations and lots of bad things on his record.>> Donald Trump frequently raised the case as an example of the need for tougher immigration laws and a crackdown on illegal residents. He claims Steinle's death was the result of San Francisco's status as a so called Sanctuary City where police do not ask about the immigration status of people they arrest.
>> We will cancel all Federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.>> The President calling it a disgraceful verdict in a tweet on Thursday, but Zarate's public defender said the justice system worked as the President would be best to remember.>> There are a number of people that have commented on this case in the last couple of 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.