SAN FRANCISCO -- (KRON) -- There’s been a lot of outrage and confusion nationwide over the decision by 12 San Franciscans to acquit the man accused of killing Kate Steinle.
Now, an alternate juror is coming to their defense, saying they made the right call.
KRON4’s Maureen Kelly sat down with him on Wednesday afternoon for a one-on-one interview.
“The murder charges I think didn’t hold water,” Phillip Van Stockum said. “The evidence just wasn’t there to show that he intended to kill Kate Steinle.”
Van Stockum sat through every moment that Jose Garcia-Zarate was on trial, but because he was an alternate, he did not sit through the deliberations that would ultimately result in not-guilty verdicts for the charges related to Kate Steinle’s death.