Judge may set murder trial in San Francisco pier shooting

Judge may set murder trial in San Francisco pier shooting

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 3, 2015 at 12:01 a.m.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge is deciding whether to schedule a murder trial for a Mexican national deported from the United States five times before shooting a young woman walking with her father.

A preliminary hearing on the matter is scheduled to resume Thursday in San Francisco. A judge could decide to schedule a murder trial as well.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, though he admits to firing the shot that killed Kathryn Steinle on July 1. Lopez-Sanchez said the shooting was an accident.

He said he found a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol under a bench on San Francisco's Pier 14. He said the gun accidentally fired when he picked it up.

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