Man acquitted in San Francisco shooting got lucky on lawyer

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File

In this Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 file photo, Matt Gonzalez, chief attorney of the San Francisco Public Defenders Office, center, fields questions after a verdict was reached in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO — It was a stroke of good luck for a frequently deported Mexican man acquitted in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier that he got one of the city’s top public defenders as his lawyer.