San Francisco shooting, suspect pleads not guilty — An arraignment for the murder case in pier, suspect pleaded not guilty.
A 45 year old, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was charged upon killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in Pier 14 at San Francisco.
The victim Kathryn Steinle is medical device sales representative, died last week at San Francisco General Hospital.
Last day, an arraignment was held at the Hall of Justice for Sanchez, who pleaded not guilty.
According to Matt Gonzalez,chief attorney at San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, “He has a second grade education and many of the legal nuances and the legal ramifications that attend to the circumstances of this case are beyond his current comprehension”.
Despite of the request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold Sanchez, he was released after prosecutors dropped the drug charge, April.
“This was an act of random violence, shooting an innocent victim in the back,” prosecutor Dianna Garcia told the judge.
Before the shooting, Sanchez already had a criminal history. This includes seven felony convictions, he was also deported to Mexico for many times.
The weapon Sanchez used was described as a large-caliber handgun, which is said to be owned by a federal agent. Authorities could not immediately tell how he obtained the weapon being used in the fatal shooting.
According to spokeswoman Tamara Barak Aparton, “We don’t have that discovery yet, that evidence has not been provided yet to us,” she said. “We certainly want to know (how the agent’s gun ended up in the shooter’s hands), and that’s one of the things we’ll be investigating.”
A pre-hearing conference was set on this month for Sanchez and he will face life in prison if proven guilty.