SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stolen pistol a Mexican national at the center of an immigration spat used to fatally shoot a young San Francisco woman was on display during a court hearing.
It's a pivotal piece of evidence in a case in which 45-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez admits to firing the fatal shot, but says it was an accident.
A San Francisco police ballistics expert testified Wednesday that the bullet was damaged, raising the possibility the shot ricocheted off a hard surface before striking 32-year-old Kate Steinle (STYN'-lee) in the back.
The two-day preliminary hearing is expected to wrap up Wednesday and a judge will decide if Lopez-Sanchez should stand trial for murder. He has pleaded not guilty.
Lopez-Sanchez has been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth removal from the country when he was released from San Francisco's jail before the shooting.