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Video of Kate Steinle’s shooting is played for jury amid courtroom gasps

October 26, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Video of Kate Steinle’s shooting is played for jury amid courtroom gasps

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Video that appeared to show the moment Kate Steinle was shot by a homeless undocumented immigrant triggered gasps in court Wednesday, as a police officer explained what he found at the scene.

San Francisco Police Department Officer Craig Dong was the final witness of the day in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who’s charged with killing Steinle on July 1, 2015 on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Dong is an investigator with a background in video forensics.

During his testimony, video provided to him that was recorded from a distance was played for the jury. It showed Steinle falling, the suspect walking away and something splashing in the water.

When the part of the video showing Steinle was played, people in the gallery of the court room could be heard gasping. The video was played back again, during which an alternate juror stood to get a second look.

In addition to the video, Dong talked about how he’d received photos from witnesses on the scene and distributed them to officers looking for the suspect.

During Dong’s cross examination, he admitted that investigators hadn’t looked at video from before the shooting. The defense team stressed the importance of this, arguing that earlier video could have shown that the weapon was already on the pier, backing up Zarate’s claim that he found the gun there.

The day began with resumed questioning of SFPD Officer Raymond Ortiz, who was part of the CSI unit that responded to Pier 14 the night Steinle was killed.

During his testimony on Tuesday, Ortiz showed jurors video and several pictures showing the entire length of the pier, including the swivel chair the defendant Zarate was in, the exact spot where Kate was hit, and the location of several witnesses in relation to them.

Read the rest of the article from Fox News.

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