SHAME: Court Tosses Conviction of Criminal Illegal Who Killed Kate Steinle

In an act that should shame the entire California court system, an appeals court has reversed the conviction of the criminal illegal alien who murdered Kate Steinle in 2015.

On Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal overturned the gun conviction of Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate on a technicality because the original judge failed to instruct the jury on one of the killer’s defenses.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

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The court of appeal reversed the conviction in state court on the grounds that the trial judge did not instruct the jury on momentary possession of a firearm, which is not the same as possessing a firearm. Momentary possession is when a person had brief possession of an item while in the process of disposing or destroying it, and they’re not trying to prevent law enforcement from seizing the item.

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“We tried to explain to the judge that by not instructing the jury, he was in effect directing a guilty verdict on this count,” said the killer’s attorney, Matt Gonzalez. “He had an obligation to give this instruction whether or not we asked for it. The court of appeal I think made the right call. This is a very thoughtful decision.”

Now, Garcia-Zarate has been acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle, who was on a pier with her father when she was shot and killed.

It is not questioned whether Steinle was shot by Garcia-Zarate. That much is certain. But now he has been let off the hook by a crooked, left-wing court system.

Garcia-Zarate claimed he found the gun he used to murder the girl wrapped in a T-Shirt and discarded. He claims all he did was pull the trigger to see what it was like to fire it and that Steinle was just accidentally in the path of the bullet.

Now that the left-wing courts in California have officially failed to do anything about this heinous murder, the federal courts have their chance to put this animal in jail.

The paper adds:

Garcia Zarate remains in custody after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and being an undocumented immigrant in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He already had enough credits for time served to cover his sentence of the state gun charge.

This monster deserves the death penalty. Period.

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