Prosecutors cry foul in Kate Steinle murder case
By Chris Eger
After last week’s not guilty verdict, prosecutors in the Kate Steinle murder case are crying foul that jurors were not allowed to inspect the firearm tied to her death.
The jury asked to pull the trigger on the unloaded weapon — which had been described as having an “extremely light” trigger and no safety — on the last day of deliberation, but the judge denied the request, attorneys said, according to local media reports.
“I think it was an incorrect decision by the judge,” said former Alameda County Deputy District Attorney John Creighton, who thinks the jury would have returned a different verdict on the murder charge. He told reporters: “The issue here is so central to what took place. The jurors should have been allowed to do it.”
During the trail, accused killer Jose Ines Garcia Zarate maintained that he found the gun wrapped in a T-shirt under a bench at San Francisco’s iconic Pier 17 and then the gun discharged when he picked it up. The gun had been stolen from a federal agent’s vehicle. Ballistics experts in the case called the shooting an accident since the bullet that Garcia Zarate fired ricocheted off the pavement away from him before traveling