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Man believed to have killed Kate Steinle found not guilty

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. Photo: Michael Macor / San Francisco Chronicle via AP

A San Francisco jury has found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in the murder of Kate Steinle in 2015.

Why it matters: Steinle's murder was the backbone of a law voted on by the House earlier this year, called Kate's Law, which was originally introduced in 2015. The law would make punishment for convicted and deported criminals more severe if they re-entered the country. Garcia Zarate is a Mexican citizen who was released from jail after a federal request to hold him for his sixth deportation from the United States, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He had "a history of drug crimes but no record of violence," per the Chronicle.