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Hearing Begins in San Francisco Pier 14 Shooting Death

The case became a flashpoint in the national immigration debate because federal authorities had requested city officials keep the suspect locked up.



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    San Francisco sheriff's deputy leads Pier 14 defendant, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, back to jail after preliminary hearing. Aug. 25, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police investigators testified that tourists captured photographs of a murder suspect moments before and after he is alleged to have randomly shot to death a young woman on a waterfront pier.

    Neither photo shown Tuesday in court clearly showed the suspect's face.

    The suspect appears to share the same slight build as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, who is charged with murder for the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle on July 1.

    Testimony about the photos and other evidence is expected to continue through Wednesday. The preliminary hearing is being held to determine if there's enough evidence to schedule a murder trial.

    The shooting re-ignited debate over federal immigration policies of jail inmates. San Francisco and other cities and counties ignore requests from federal authorities to detain jail inmates who are thought to be in the country illegally.