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Judge: Suspect’s Confession OK in California Pier Shooting

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —

A judge has declined to toss out the confession of a suspect charged with murder in a shooting at the center of the national immigration debate.

Defense attorneys had argued that police didn’t have good reason to arrest Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez an hour after the shooting of a young San Francisco woman on a pier in San Francisco.

The attorneys argued that no one saw Lopez-Sanchez fire the gun and that police arrested him because he was a homeless person acting suspiciously.

Several witnesses took photos of Lopez-Sanchez walking briskly away from 32-year-old victim Kate Steinle.

Police used the photos to arrest Lopez-Sanchez, who then told investigators he accidentally shot Steinle.

The judge said police acted appropriately in arresting and interrogating the suspect.

The judge said he will rule Friday on whether the suspect should stand trial for murder.