(Left to right: Jose Ines Garcia Zarate is on trial on suspicion of murdering Kate Steinle, 32, of Pleasanton on San Francisco's Pier 14 in 2015. Photos courtesy of ABC 7 News.)
The trial has drawn national attention because of its ties to the controversy over Sanctuary City policies used by San Francisco and other cities that limit the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal immigration authorities.
Months before the shooting San Francisco officials had released Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, from jail after a minor drug charge was dismissed without notifying federal immigration authorities, as is the city's practice for most cases.
However, Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia did not mention Garcia Zarate's immigration status this morning, focusing instead on rebutting the expected defense claim that the shooting was accidental.