Trial Begins in California Killing of Kate Steinle by Homeless Illegal Immigrant

Kate Steinle / Jose Ines Garcia Zarate
Kate Steinle / Jose Ines Garcia Zarate

The second day in the trial of the homeless illegal immigrant from Mexico charged with killing Kate Steinle is set to feature testimony from a witness to the slaying. 

Michelle Lo is expected on Tuesday to tell the jury what she saw the night of July 1, 2015, when Steinle and her father, James Steinle, were strolling on San Francisco’s Embarcadero and she was shot by Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.

Lo is expected to use a Chinese interpreter when she takes the stand. It’s unclear what other witnesses the court will hear from Tuesday on the trial’s second day.

Zarate, 54, admits shooting Steinle, but says it was an accident.

Steinle’s father testified Monday that before she died, she said to him: “Help me, dad.”

The prosecution said those were her last words.

While Garcia’s immigration status is what brought the case into the national spotlight, jurors will not hear evidence about that, and it will not be a factor in the trial.

Steinle’s murder became a signature issue for Donald Trump as he was running for president. He invoked the murder in calling for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border and stepping up deportations and cracking down on illegal immigration.

Fox News’ Jennifer Girdon in San Francisco contributed to this report.

SOURCE: Fox News