Attorneys for Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man charged with murder in the high profile death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 this past July, have filed a motion requesting the charge of murder be dismissed. Lopez-Sanchez’s defense says that the shooting was accidental, and thus the murder charge is inappropriate.
Lopez-Sanchez’s Lawyer, Matt Gonzalez of the Public Defender’s Officer, explained the reasoning behind the motion, which dates back to hearings earlier this year.
“We know it was a ricochet,” KRON 4 reports him as saying of the bullet that killed Steinle. “That has been proven. There is no dispute about that.”
Gonzalez was presumably referring to August testimony by forensic science consultant James Norris, who according to KRON 4 said the gun fired by Lopez-Sanchez was “clearly aimed at the ground.”