A jury has acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of murder and manslaughter charges in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco.

ABC News reports:

A jury has found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in the murder of Kate Steinle, the woman whose shooting death on a San Francisco pier in 2015 provoked an immigration debate.

Zarate was found not guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter. However, he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Zarate, of Mexico, had been deported several times and has previous convictions for re-entry after deportation. Before the killing, he had been released from a San Francisco jail after a minor drug charge was dismissed. While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had issued a detainer for Zarate, he was released under the city’s sanctuary laws.

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Update:

For the record, here’s a criminal defense attorney’s take on how the jury possibly arrived at the conclusion it did:

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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