Officer: ball ricocheted in San Francisco pier shoot

SAN FRANCISCO – The ball of death of a woman on a San Francisco pier two years ago, ricocheted off of the ground about 100 yards away before hitting her in the back and later the launch of a criminal case in the center of a national immigration debate.

A police officer who helped supervise the investigation into the death of Kate Steinle testified about the bullet trajectory Monday at the trial of the Mexican national charged with the murder.

Officer John Evans, who retired last year, said the researchers found a mark on the pier of the concrete floor, four days after the July 1, 2105 shoot. Lawyers for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate argue that the ricochet shows the shooting was accidental.

Prosecutors charged Garcia Zarate with murder, because they say that he intended to point the gun at a crowd of people and pulled the trigger.

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