Judge orders new evaluation for man in 2015 pier killing


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered a new mental health evaluation for a Mexican man acquitted of murder in the 2015 fatal shooting of a woman on a busy public pier. The killing of Kate Steinle became a national flashpoint over immigration because Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was in the country illegally. A case on separate federal gun charges has been pending since U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria raised “serious concerns” about his mental capacity last year. Chhabria says in a court order that he questions Garcia Zarate’s mental capacity after he was unwilling to follow his attorney’s advice to plead not guilty.


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