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Mexican man found not guilty in San Francisco pier killing

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SAN FRANCISCO -

(AP) - The Latest on the trial of a Mexican man in a killing on a San Francisco pier (all times local):
  
5:45 p.m.
  
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he hopes local officials will "consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens" by not cooperating with federal immigration officials.
  
His comments come after a Mexican man was found not guilty Thursday of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that touched off a national immigration debate.
  
Sessions says San Francisco's "decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death" of Kate Steinle.
  
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Kate Steinle was fatally shot in the back in 2015. Garcia Zarate said the shooting was an accident.
  
Under a sanctuary city law, the San Francisco sheriff's department had released Garcia Zarate from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for deportation
  
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5:30 p.m.
  
A spokesman for the San Francisco district attorney says the acquittal of a Mexican man in a high-profile killing was not the verdict they had hoped for.
  
A jury on Thursday found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty on possible charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kate Steinle on a popular pier.
  
Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco prosecutor's office, said the "verdict that came in today was not the one we were hoping for" but it was the jury's decision and prosecutors would respect it.
  
Jurors did find Garcia Zarate guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  
Public Defender Jeff Adachi said that charge carries a potential sentence of 16 months to 3 years.
  
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5:10 p.m.
  
A defense lawyer for a Mexican man acquitted of murder in the shooting of woman in San Francisco directed a message to President Donald Trump, who had frequently cited the case during his campaign for tougher immigration policies.
  
Defense attorney Francisco Ugarte said Thursday the death of Kate Steinle was an "incomprehensible tragedy," but the ruling was a vindication for immigrants.
  
Ugarte said the case was used "to foment hate" and used "to catapult a presidency along that philosophy of hate of others."
  
He said the immigration status of defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had no relevance to the case and the verdict was a correct reflection of what transpired.
  
Garcia Zarate did not deny shooting Steinle in 2015 and said it was an accident.
  
He had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was fatally shot in the back in 2015.
  
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4:35 p.m.
  
Jurors have found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that touched off a national immigration debate.
  
The jury reached the verdict Thursday in Kate Steinle's death.
  
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was fatally shot in the back in 2015. Garcia Zarate didn't deny shooting Steinle and said it was an accident.
  
Before the shooting, the San Francisco sheriff's department had released him from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for deportation.
  
Its "sanctuary city" law limits cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
  
President Donald Trump cited the case during his campaign in a bid to show the country needed tougher immigration policies.
  
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3:30 p.m.
  
A jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a Mexican man accused of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that touched off a national immigration debate.
  
Jurors alerted the judge Thursday that they had a verdict in the death of Kate Steinle. Word came hours after they asked to see the gun used in the shooting.
  
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was fatally shot in the back in 2015. Garcia Zarate said the shooting was an accident.
  
Under a sanctuary city law, the San Francisco sheriff's department had released Garcia Zarate from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for deportation.
  
President Donald Trump frequently cited the case during his campaign.

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11/30/2017 6:00:41 PM (GMT -8:00)

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