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Pier 14 homicide suspect formally charged with murder

Francisco Sanchez, 45, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco on July 2, 2015. (KGO-TV)

The man suspected of killing Kate Steinle was formally charged with murder Friday morning. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez will be back in court December 15.

Lopez Sanchez admitted in a jailhouse interview with ABC7 News that he fired the gun at Pier 14 on July 1.

His attorneys believe he shouldn't face murder charges because they say he found the weapon and fired it accidentally.
That shot hit and killed Steinle.

Click here for full coverage on the Pier 14 shooting.

Steinle's family and coworkers have set up online fundraising pages to raise money for charities that were important to her. Click here for details on her family's page and click here for information on her coworkers' page.

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