SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle whereas she walked along with her father on a San Francisco pier in 2015, has informed a federal choose he desires to be sentenced to jail or be deported again to Mexico.
Steinle, 32, was struck and killed by a ricocheting bullet discharged from a gun held by Garcia Zarate on Pier 14 on July 1, 2015. The taking pictures figured prominently in President Donald Trump’s run for the White Home 4 years in the past.
Garcia Zarate, 47, was acquitted of homicide and manslaughter expenses in San Francisco Superior Courtroom in 2017, however he nonetheless faces two federal felony expenses of being an ex-felon and an undocumented individual in possession of a gun. He has been in detention since July 2015.
U.S. District Courtroom Decide Vince Chhabria at present within the means of ruling on Garcia Zarate’s psychological competency to face trial on these expenses. Chhabria had raised “critical issues” about Garcia Zarate’s psychological capacities again in January.
“I’m bored with ready right here,” Garcia Zarate informed the courtroom throughout a listening to Friday via a Spanish interpreter, including that he wished to be sentenced to jail or deported again to Mexico.
Two docs have identified Garcia Zarate with schizophrenia and located him unfit to face trial as a result of he can’t comply with the courtroom proceedings. They stated he believes electronics are broadcasting messages to him and different inmates and that he believes his lawyer is accepting bribes from the police.
Garcia Zarate has additionally stated he desires to plead responsible. The choose informed him he wouldn’t be allowed to take action on Friday.
Garcia Zarate’s protection lawyer Tony Serra requested the listening to to problem the competency findings. If he’s decided to be unfit to face trial, Garcia Zarate could possibly be dedicated to a therapy facility till he’s restored.
Outdoors the listening to, Serra informed the San Francisco Examiner that Garcia Zarate desires him to step apart as his lawyer.
Serra stated Garcia Zarate “very forcefully” informed him “he desires one other lawyer and he desires me out.”