San Francisco Shooting of Kathryn Steinle leads to Murder Charge
Judge Brendan Conroy recently ordered a Jury Trial after hearing “enough evidence” during the preliminary trial of Kathryn Steinle’s death. This case involves Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant, who shot Ms. Steinle’s in the back while she was walking along the waterfront this past summer. Mr. Lopez-Sanchez admitted to firing the gun, but said it was on accident. The gun, however, did not belong to him – it was registered to a ranger from the Bureau of Land Management and was reported stolen a month earlier.
The shooting triggered a national debate over immigration after it was revealed that the Sheriff’s Department had released Lopez-Sanchez despite a federal request to detain him for possible deportation. Lopez-Sanchez was previously deported five times.
This case has all presidential candidates weighing in on border issues and police procedures regarding illegal immigrants.
The family has filed claims against the Bureau of Land Management due to negligence in leaving a loaded gun unattended in the Ranger’s car, San Francisco’s Sheriff Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty, but was charged with murder and will be back in court December 15th.