Friday, the Department of Justice unsealed an arrest warrant for Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, the illegal immigrant acquitted Thursday in Kate Steinle’s murder trial.
Thursday night, Zarate was found not guilty of murdering Steinle on a pier in San Francisco back in July 2015. The case sparked widespread national debate over illegal immigration, in particular sanctuary cities.
Zarate was acquitted of first and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and found not guilty of assault with a semi-automatic weapon. However; Zarate was found guilty of possessing a firearm by a felon.
After the verdict, U.S. immigration officials announced Zarate would be deported. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said:
“Following the conclusion of this case, ICE will work to take custody of Mr. Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from the country.”
According to Friday’s warrant, the arrest warrant was originally drafted in 2015, then amended this week to include violations related to the charges of a felon in possession of a firearm, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon, all of which were filed after the defendant’s initial arrest.
Officials at the Department of Justice say there is an existing federal detainer that requires Zarate to be remanded into the custody of the US Marshals to be transported to the Western District of Texas pursuant to the arrest warrant.
Source | Fox News