SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.
District Attorney George Gascon said Tuesday that he still believes Jose Ines Garcia Zarate should have been convicted of murder in the 2015 death of Kate Steinle.READ MORE: 49ers Deal With Jimmy Garoppolo's Playoff Highs And Lows
A jury rejected that charge last week and convicted Garcia Zarate only of being a felon in possession of a gun.READ MORE: Kicker Robbie Gould Shining In ‘Goulden’ Years With 49ers
Legal experts say prosecutors overreached by asking for a first-degree murder conviction because the fatal shot ricocheted off the ground, supporting Garcia Zarate’s defense that the shooting was an accident.
Gascon also called President Trump a “madman” for a series of tweets deriding the verdict.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Big Rig Driver Slammed Into Stalled Car, Triggering Fiery Fatal Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Crash
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