Politically-charged San Francisco murder trial gets jury

SAN FRANCISCO – After asked detailed questions about their views on Latinos, immigration and guns, a jury has been selected for the murder trial of the man who fatally shot Kate Steinle.

Six women and six men were seated as jurors Wednesday in the murder trial of 54-year-old Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. The twelve members of the jury said they didn’t have views of Latinos or persons who entered the country illegally that would prevent them from keeping an open mind.

Opening statements are Monday.

The shooting touched off a political anger during the presidential campaign, because Zarate was released from San Francisco in the prison, despite a federal immigration requests to hold for deportation.

Zarate said the shooting was accidental. His attorney Matt Gonzalez said he was happy with the jury selected. Prosecutors refused to comment.

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