Orlando nightclub gunman's widow acquitted of helping to plot attack

Orlando nightclub gunman's widow acquitted of helping to plot attack

Orlando nightclub gunman's widow acquitted of helping to plot attack

The New York Times called the verdict "a rare setback for federal prosecutors, who have a strong record of winning convictions in terrorism trials" - even more so because Salman faced a jury in Orlando, the distraught city where her husband carried out his deadly shooting spree.

Salman's husband, Omar Mateen, entered the gay nightclub, Pulse, on June 12, 2016 with a handgun and a AR-15-style rifle. Police killed Mateen after the attack.

Salman was arrested seven months later for aiding and abetting Mateen and for obstruction of justice.

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.

I am disappointed in the outcome of the trial and know that the victims and/or their families are more disappointed.

Salman's attorneys argued that she was just a "simple-minded" victim.

"Why would Omar Mateen confide in Noor, a woman he clearly had no respect for?"

In addition, 50-year-old protester and former Pulse frequenter Louis Morales said, while taking part in a demonstration outside of the former nightclub, "She may not be guilty, but she's not innocent". She faces life in prison if convicted.

She didn't answer questions from the media, and hung onto the arm of her attorney as they walked to a waiting vehicle.

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"It's a disgusting, random, senseless killing by a monster", Mr Swift said during closing arguments. "On the contrary, we were convinced she did know". They said Salman is not capable of being "calculating", "deceptive" or "able to connect the dots".

Later on in the test, Salman's lawyers additionally required Byron to state a mistrial or disregard the situation outright, stating the prosecution had actually held back important details for the growth of their debate.

Noor Salman, widow of the shooter that opened fire on an Orlando club in 2016, has actually been found not guilty on both the matters she dealt with.

Defence attorney Fritz Scheller speaks with members of the media following the acquittal of the Pulse Nightclub gunman's widow Noor Salman in Orlando on Friday. "Her only sin is she married a monster".

She also claimed that she was physically abused by Mateen. They said Salman is not capable of being "calculating", "deceptive" or "able to connect the dots".

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.

Salman was interviewed by authorities for 11 hours, and her IQ score is 84, which makes her "below average in intelligence", Frumkin said.

The revelation threatened to upend the case against Salman, but the judge denied the motion, saying it was not relevant to the case against her.

They also said Salman concocted a cover story to tell Mateen's mother after he left their Fort Pierce apartment to commit the attacks. His intended target was the Disney Springs complex, prosecutors said.

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