Noor Salman, Omar Mateen's Widow, Acquitted in Pulse Shooting

Pulse nightclub shooter's initial target was Disney site, prosecutors say

Noor Salman is not guilty of helping her husband, Omar Mateen, carry out the mass shooting that claimed 49 lives at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, a jury decided Friday.

GREEN: Right. So Noor Salman was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.

Salman was arrested months after Mateen's June 11, 2016, attack on the Orlando, Fla., club that killed 49 people.

During the trial, prosecutors said Mateen, who was born in NY to Afghan immigrants, meant to attack Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and instead chose the gay club as his target.

They claimed Salman initially told investigators she had no idea of her husband's intentions, but later said she knew he watched extremist videos, had purchased an assault rifle, and cased three possible attack locations.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Ricardo Enriquez testified that Salman said in several statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Mateen watched jihadi beheading videos, purchased a rifle and ammunition and went to a gun range to practice.

"She began to cry, and said, 'I knew, '" Enriquez said.

She had been accused of giving misleading statements to law enforcement officers who interviewed her after the massacre, the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.

Salman's attorneys argued she was not an accomplice in the case, but a victim.

Hernandez was shot eight times when Omar Mateen opened fire on the crows.

But the defense said Salman, who was born in California to Palestinian parents, was abused by her husband, who cheated on her with other women and concealed much of his life from her.




An anonymous juror told ClickOrlando.com that, while they found Salman innocent, they were "convinced she did know".

Jurors in the trial of a woman accused of aiding her husband's terrorist attack against an Orlando nightclub will deliberate her fate for a third day.

The jurors said little as they left court.

Salman reportedly sobbed in court as she was acquitted of all charges in relation to the attack.

Salman's defense, however, said there was no reason for Mateen to involve his wife in his plot - and no proof he had done so.

Outside the courthouse, Salman's family said they were eager for her to be able to see her young son again.

"It's a terrible, random, senseless killing by a monster", Mr Swift said during closing arguments.

The family said it did not know when or if Noor Salman would be returning to the Bay Area. "Her only sin is she married a monster". She said Salman's alleged confession was "clearly coerced" and added: "Cops screw up their own cases". A judge rejected motions to either dismiss the case or order a mistrial earlier this week.

She also told authorities that a week before the shooting she and Mateen drove around the Pulse nightclub for 20 minutes, according to reports.

Sweeney said Mateen's initial plan was to attack Disney Springs, a commercial district adjacent to Disney World.

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