Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Wife Acquitted Of Helping Pulse Gunman; Family Relieved

Wife Acquitted Of Helping Pulse Gunman; Family Relieved

She was accused of providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice in connection with the 2016 Pulse Nightclub attack. She said she wanted to see Noor Salman and look her in the eye and talk to her about what kind of impact this tragedy has had on people like her family.

"A verdict of not guilty did not mean that we thought Noor Salman was unaware of what Omar Mateen was planning to do", he said.

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

Between this apparent shift in the prosecution's narrative, the Global Positioning System data, and the defense's claim that Salman was the naïve and neglected wife of an unfaithful husband - who had no need or reason to seek her assistance in his crime - the jurors found reasonable doubt about her guilt after just 12 hours of deliberation.

"The family really wants to first say that we're very sorry for the family members and friends of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and also the survivors of that disgusting attack".

Jurors deliberated for about 12 hours over three days before delivering their verdict Friday.

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"Noor Salman should never have been on trial", said Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. While the conviction of Noor Salman would not have brought anyone back or undone the crime, but the massacre now goes unresolved and still leaves many questioning her involvement. It's a frightful, random, senseless killing by a monster.

But defense attorneys said those statements were coerced, and there was no audio or video tape of the interrogation.

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.

Jurors reached a verdict Friday in the trial of the widow of the Orlando nightclub shooter who killed 49 people in 2016.

They also said Salman concocted a cover story to tell Mateen's mother after he left their Fort Pierce apartment to commit the attacks.

Mateen was killed by police following the attack.

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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".

The trial started two weeks ago in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Florida. "I wish I had been more truthful", she wrote in the statement, which was shown in court.

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

Salman's attorneys argued she was not an accomplice in the case, but a victim. His intended target was the Disney Springs complex, prosecutors said.

In the early morning hours after the attack, she was questioned by federal authorities and her story changed multiple times, prosecutors said.

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