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    Pier 14 Murder Suspect Reiterates Not Guilty Plea
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    File image of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez in court.

    The San Francisco murder suspect at the center of a national immigration debate is reiterating his not guilty plea.

    Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was required to be arraigned again Friday after a judge ordered him to stand trial on second-degree murder. Lopez-Sanchez had previously pleaded not guilty soon after his July 2 arrest in San Francisco.

    Lopez-Sanchez is charged with killing 32-year-old Kate Steinle as she walked with her father on a San Francisco pedestrian pier. Lopez-Sanchez admits to shooting Steinle, but says he found the gun and it accidentally fired when he picked it up.

    Lopez-Sanchez has been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was shot and killed. He was set free due to San Francisco's “sanctuary city" policy instead of being turned over to immigration authorities.

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    A judge ruled Friday that a man at the center of the national immigration debate must stand trial on a murder charge in the shooting of a young San Francisco woman.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 4, 2015)
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