Hearing Begins for Immigrant Charged in SF Pier Slaying
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —
A homicide investigator testified that the man who was being sought for deportation admitted to shooting and killing a young San Francisco woman on Pier 14.
But it still remains unclear whether Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez purposely or accidentally fired the shot that fatally struck Kate Steinle in the back July 1.
A preliminary hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence to schedule a murder trial continues Wednesday after three police detectives testified Tuesday.
Lopez-Sanchez has been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth removal from the country when he was released from San Francisco’s jail. He was released after local prosecutors dropped a two-decade old marijuana possession charge and despite federal officials requests to detain him further for deportation proceedings.
Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.