11:50 a.m. (AP) - The lawyer for a Mexican national charged with fatally shooting a young San Francisco woman wants his client's murder charge dismissed, saying the killing that rekindled the national debate over illegal immigration was an accident.
The judge deciding the issue canceled a hearing scheduled for Friday, saying he wants more time to consider the issue. Attorneys will argue the matter March 24.
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and other charges for the July 1 death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle.
His lawyer, Matt Gonzalez, says the charge is too harsh because the shooting was inadvertent.
Lopez-Sanchez says he found the gun on a city pier and that it accidentally fired when he picked it up, striking Steinle in the back.