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Federal officials file new charges against man acquitted in Kate Steinle case

Federal officials file new charges against man acquitted in Kate Steinle case

The undocumented immigrant who fatally shot a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist spot two years ago has been indicted on two federal charges in connection with the controversial case. They intend to seek the dismissal after a sentencing hearing set for December 14. Officials said the indictment "merely alleges that a crime has been committed and Garcia-Zarate, like all defendants, is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt".

A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. If convicted, Zarate faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison before a potential deportation.

He said he still believed Garcia Zarate should have been convicted of Steinle's murder.

Flowers and a portrait of Kate Steinle are displayed at a memorial site on Pier 14 on July 17, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif.

In San Francisco, reaction to the not-guilty verdict persists.

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Jurors left court last week without speaking publicly about their verdict and Gascon said they have not spoken with prosecutors either.

The 47-year-old said the firearm accidentally fired when he picked it up, and the bullet ricocheted off the ground before it struck Steinle, a 32-year-old medical device saleswoman.

San Francisco's district attorney is defending the handling of a murder trial that ended with the acquittal of a Mexican man whose arrest set off a fierce national debate on immigration. "No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration".

Garcia-Zarate is a seven-time convicted felon and had been deported from the USA five times.

Gascón called out Trump, saying that "we shouldn't allow a madman that is tweeting dictate everything we do" when talking about the influence politics has had on the Steinle trial.


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