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A Jury Has Found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Not Guilty Of Murder In The Death Of Kate Steinle

The undocumented immigrant from Mexico who was charged with the fatal shooting of a young woman in San Francisco has been acquitted of murder, manslaughter and assault with a firearm by a jury.

On July 1, 2015, 29-year-old Kate Steinle was killed by a gunshot while walking on Pier 41 in San Francisco with her father and a friend. The bullet struck her in the back.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, was accused of the deadly shooting, and after a five-week trial and six days of deliberation was only found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

While Zarate never denied that he fired the gun, he maintained that the death of Steinle was a result of an accidental discharge. He claimed to have found the gun wrapped in cloth, and when he picked it up to inspect it, the weapon went off. According to The New York Times, evidence that exonerated Zarate proved that he did not fire at Steinle directly. Rather, the bullet ricocheted off of an object before striking Steinle, establishing there was no intent to murder.

The case became a major point of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s anti-immigration platform, who used Steinle’s death as reasoning to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“For anyone that would question the outcome in this case, this jury was deliberating for six days,” Jeff Adachi, the San Francisco public defender, told The New York Times. “There was a tremendous amount of misinformation that was spread about this case from Day 1. You had then-candidate Trump espousing that this was an intentional shooting.”

According to CNN, Zarate’s attorney, Matt Gonzalez, claimed that Zarate found the gun at the pier wrapped in a cloth. It was when he unwrapped the gun that it fired the bullet that hit Steinle.

President Trump took to Twitter when the verdict was delivered, calling it “disgraceful” and using the decision to renew his call for a border wall.

While a sentencing date has not been established, Zarate’s conviction comes with a maximum sentence of three years in prison. He has served more than two years while awaiting trial, though it’s unclear as of yet if that time will be credited to his sentence. CNN reports that Zarate will be deported to Mexico either before of after his sentencing.

(H/T: The New York Times, CNN)


READ: Activists In San Francisco And Los Angeles Stop Traffic To Protest Immigration Raids

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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They say art imitates life, but sometimes, it’s the other way around. Once in a while, the news seems like it’s simply replaying scenes from La Reina del Sur. Especially the latest update on El Chapo’s wife.

On Monday Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, turned herself into the United States FBI on charges of international drug trafficking.

The U.S. authorities are charging Coronel with helping Guzmán smuggle drugs across the border, break out of prison, and bribe corrupt officials. According to anonymous officials, the U.S. authorities have had their eye on her for a while now.

For years, El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel has insisted that she had nothing to do with her husband’s illegal activities. Because she always maintained her innocence, the former teen beauty-queen was able to keep a high profile since her husband was imprisoned in 2019. She was active on social media, gave interviews to news outlets, and even appeared on a reality series.

Coronel was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Mexico near El Chapo’s “territory”.

Her father was a prominent member of El Chapo’s cartel, and according to experts, she “grew up with knowledge of the narcotics trafficking industry.” She married Guzmán when she was 18-years-old. He was 50. Her and Guzmán have 9-year-old twin daughters together. As of now, the girls’ whereabouts are unknown.

According to official documents, the FBI has evidence that Coronel was a liaison between El Chapo and his sons, “Los Chapitos” when they were planning his notorious prison escape in 2015. Coronel also stands accused of acting as a messenger and negotiator for payments to corrupt authorities.

As of now, people are speculating that Coronel turned herself in in exchange for leniency.

“Her attorney at sentencing is going to argue, ‘She took it upon herself to face charges,’ she didn’t make the government go out and arrest and extradite her,” an anonymous source told Vice. “She came out of Mexico. It would have been quite a process to get her extradited.”

According to reports, Colonel faces 10 years to life in prison, and a fine of up to $10 million USD.

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Video Shows Massive 139-Year-Old Victorian House Moved Entirely In One Piece Through San Francisco Streets

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Video Shows Massive 139-Year-Old Victorian House Moved Entirely In One Piece Through San Francisco Streets

Sometimes, home isn’t just where the heart is, it’s where you pack it up and move it. San Francisco resident Tim Brown seems to know this truth after buying a home in 2013 and moving it to a new location.

The 139-year-old Victorian house was moved in one piece through the streets of San Francisco to a new location.

The 5,170-square-foot house was relocated from its original address at 807 Franklin St. to 635 Fulton St., just a few blocks away.

Brown bought the home in 2013 with plans to repair it after it fell into disrepair. According to Hoodline, the house has six bedrooms and three baths and “will be relocated to 635 Fulton Street, where an existing building, which housed Bryant Mortuary for nearly 60 years, has already been moved to the eastern side of the 10,415-square-foot site to make room for it. The move is currently slated to occur on February 21, barring any rain delays.”

The house will be combined and turned into a 17-unit apartment building according to a report by SF Gate. A 47-unit apartment complex will be built in the house’s previous lot.

According to users on Twitter, the house’s move became somewhat of a parade as onlookers came out to watch a truck slowly move the historic house.

“It’s the most excitement I’ve had in 10 years. What if it topples?” Camilla Blomqvist said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

According to Phil Joy, a veteran house mover, the house’s quarter-mile move took several years to plan.

According to Joy, the move was particularly difficult because the house was 80 feet in length and part of the path required going downhill.

“We had to get 15 different city agencies to agree to this,” Joy explained about the house which cost Brown nearly $400,000 in moving costs and fees.

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