Wife of Pulse gunman acquitted on all charges in 2016 attack

Wife of Pulse gunman acquitted on all charges in 2016 attack

Noor Salman, the widow of Omar Mateen, the man who perpetrated the deadly massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, has been acquitted from charges linking her to her deceased husband's homicidal tirade.

The verdict marked a rare setback for federal prosecutors, who have a strong record of winning convictions in terrorism trials - even more so because Salman had faced a jury in Orlando, the city where her husband Omar Mateen's shooting spree left 49 people dead and 53 others injured.

Mateen, 29, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in a 911 call during the attack, was killed in a shootout when police stormed the building. "I wish I had been more truthful".

Amongst those crucial information, inning accordance with the protection declaring, was that Mateen's dad had actually functioned as a private source for the Federal Bureau of Investigation at numerous factors over greater than a years leading right as much as the June 2016 capturing.

When U.S. District Judge Paul Byron announced the verdict, Salman broke down in tears and hugged her defense lawyers, according to reporters inside the courtroom.

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

Salman was married to Omar Mateen when he attacked the gay nightclub.

This June will mark two years since the horrific terrorist attack/hate crime.

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"Noor can go home now to her son, resume her life and try to pick up the pieces from two years in jail", Salman family spokeswoman Susan Clary said, adding that the relatives were grateful for the verdict. "I told you so and now I came to tell you I told you so, she is innocent".

"It's a disgusting, random, senseless killing by a monster", Swift said during closing arguments. "It is clear they believed it was coerced", Weinstein said in a statement.

Salman did not testify during the trial.

In her closing argument, assistant USA attorney Sara Sweeney argued that this fact was irrelevant, because the initial target of the attack that Mateen and Salman had planned was not the Pulse nightclub, but rather, Disney World.

During the trial, which began March 3, the defense argued that Salman had a low IQ, a childish nature and was dominated by her abusive husband.

Noor Salman is charged with obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization. She went on to state that the disgusting act by Mateen "wasn't preplanned" because "if he didn't know, she couldn't know". They said Salman is not capable of being "calculating", "deceptive" or "able to connect the dots".

But the defence portrayed her as an easily manipulated woman with a low IQ and argued that she signed a false confession because she was exhausted after a long interrogation and feared losing her young son.

Offering an especially chilling detail, Ms. Sweeney suggested that Mr. Mateen bought a baby carriage and doll at a Walmart the night before the massacre so that he could hide his AR-15 assault rifle and draw no suspicion as he walked toward what prosecutors believe was his intended target, the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex, formerly known as Downtown Disney.

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