The Kate Steinle Murder Trial: Sketches From inside the Courtroom

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Courtroom artist Vicki Behringer is sketching the Kate Steinle murder trial. She shows her sketches to reporters outside the courtroom on the third day of jury deliberations. (Nov 27, 2017).
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Prosecutor Diana Garcia questions arresting SFPD Officer Andrew Bryant during the Kate Steinle murder trial. Bryant described defendant Garcia Zarate's state as being akin to "deer in headlights" in the aftermath of the shooting. Garcia Zarate ran away from the scene on the pier but was later arrested by Bryant. (Oct 25, 2017).
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Courtroom artist Vicki Behringer wishes reporters a happy Thanksgiving on Nov 22, a day before the jury recessed for Thanksgiving break. (Nov. 22, 2017)
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Courtroom sketch shows defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate staring into the gallery during the trial. Garcia Zarate has been deported five times, and was released by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department weeks before 32-year-old Steinle was shot and killed, despite a request from federal authorities to detain him. The sheriff at the time had cited the city’s “sanctuary” policy as a reason for his discharge. During the 2016 campaign, Pres. Trump cited the case in his calls to toughen US immigration policies. (Oct 24, 2017)
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From left to right: Courtroom sketch shows defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, defense attorney Francisco Ugarte (represents undocumented immigrants facing deportation), defense attorney Matt Gonzalez, prosecutor Diana Garcia (standing) and Judge Samuel Feng. (Nov. 21, 2017)
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Prosecutor Diana Garcia offers her rebuttal in closing statements. Pointing at the defendant Garcia Zarate, Garcia reminded the jury: "He did kill someone. He took the life of a young, vibrant, beautiful, cherished woman by the name of Kate Steinle," (Nov 21, 2017)
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This sketch captures the moment Kate Steinle was shot while walking with her father in San Francisco's Pier 14 in July 2015. The pier, a popular walking spot for tourists and locals alike, is located right near the foot of the Bay Bridge. Prosecutor Diana Garcia said in her closing rebuttal Tuesday that she didn't know why Garcia Zarate had fired the weapon, but that he created a risk of death by bringing the gun to the pier that day. Witnesses described him twirling around on a chair for at least 20 minutes before he fired. They then saw him run away leaving behind a scene of chaos. The bullet ricocheted on the concrete walkway of the Pier before it struck Steinle. Her last words were: "Help me, dad." (Oct. 25, 2017)
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The bullet that killed Kate Steinle ricocheted off the ground about 100 yards away before hitting her. Lawyers for the defendant Garcia Zarate argue that the ricochet shows the shooting was accidental. This sketch shows the bullet's trajectory.
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Sketch of the bullet that killed Kate Steinle in July 2017. Defendant Garcia Zarate claims he found the gun wrapped up in a T-shirt on the pier and accidentally fired it. The weapon was stolen from a Bureau of Land Management ranger's SUV several days before the shooting. A police diver found it in the waters of the bay after the shooting.
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Former SFPD officer John Evans said he and other investigators working on the Kate Steinle case found a “strike mark” on the concrete surface of Pier 14 four days after the shooting. Evans said the bullet ricocheted off the ground about 100 yards away before hitting Steinle in the back. (Oct. 30, 2017)
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Prosecutor Diana Garcia questions witness Michelle Lo, who was taking pictures on Pier 14 the day of the shooting. Seated next to her is her Cantonese interpreter. Lo said she saw a man dressed in black swiveling around on a chair on the pier before the shooting, laughing and grinning. She said he made her uncomfortable. (Oct. 24, 2017)
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Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez questions SFPD gun expert Andy Smith. (Oct 31, 2017).
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Bureau of Land Management ranger John Woychowski (whose gun was stolen from his SUV and used in the shooting), and other federal officials offer testimony during the trial. (Oct. 24, 2017)
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Prosecutor Diana Garcia told the jury during the trial that defendant Garcia Zarate was playing his "own version of Russian roulette" the day of the shooting. This sketch shows a demo of how the .40-caliber Sig Sauer could fit in the pockets of the baggy black clothes Garcia Zarate was wearing that day. “He chose the moment,” Garcia said, in what she said was a "target-rich environment."
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Prosecutor Matt Gonzalez argued in closing arguments that the 40-caliber Sig Sauer pistol went off accidentally after Garcia found it under his seat on the pier. "But for the ricochet, it does not hit her," he told the jury. Gonzalez said his client "had no motive; he didn't know Ms. Steinle." (Nov. 21, 2017)
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Judge Samuel Feng instructs members of the jury on the deliberation process: "You are the sole judges of the evidence. We're almost there." Judge Feng told the jury not to let race or immigration play a factor in their deliberations. (Nov. 21, 2017)
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