Wife Acquitted Of Helping Pulse Gunman; Family Relieved

Wife Acquitted Of Helping Pulse Gunman; Family Relieved

Wife Acquitted Of Helping Pulse Gunman; Family Relieved

The widow of the gunman who slaughtered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was acquitted Friday of helping to plot the attack and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation afterward - a rare and stinging defeat for the US government in a terrorism case.

Noor Salman found not guilty of obstruction of justice and providing material support to her husband in 2016 attack.

Salman is the widow of Omar Mateen, who shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016. Police responding to the attack killed Mateen.

Eventually, however, the court agreed the protection anyhow, acquitting Noor Salman of both costs: aiding and abetting the arrangement of product assistance to an global terrorism company- in this instance, the Islamic State, to which Omar Mateen vowed his obligation throughout the strike- and also blockage of justice. "I wish I had been more truthful", she wrote in the statement.

Police and investigators work near the area of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

Noor Salman left the building around 1 p.m. Friday, about two hours after a jury found her not guilty of helping her husband commit the Pulse nightclub attack and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Prosecutors argued the messages show Salman was helping her husband concoct a cover story to tell his parents, who had invited the couple to a fast-breaking dinner at their mosque.

"Omar Mateen is a monster". She could have faced life in prison if convicted.

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For six minutes and about 20 seconds, on stage in front of the whole world, Emma stood, but she did not always speak. All of the speeches and numerous signs bore remembrances for the 17 lives that were lost at MSD on February 14th.

Christine Leinonen, an attorney and former state trooper whose only son was killed in the nightclub massacre, told The Orlando Sentinel that she was disappointed but not shocked by the verdict.

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

Her uncle, Al Salman expressed gratitude towards the judge and jury.

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.

Noor Salman began sobbing with joy when the decision was read out at the U.S. district court in the Florida city. "It is clear they believed it was coerced", Weinstein said in a statement. The case against her mainly consisted of a so-called confession she made to the police after intense questioning for over 17 hours. They said Salman is not capable of being "calculating", "deceptive" or "able to connect the dots".

"Nothing harmful would come out of her", a friend of Salman's who was identified only as Ms. Ahmed told jurors, according to CNN affiliate WKGM.

However, a forensic clinical psychologist testified that she gave false confessions due to her low IQ scores, mental issues, lack of sleep, and extended interrogations. His intended target was the Disney Springs complex, prosecutors said.

But that's not all, there was other evidence that left the courtroom confused like the fact that the two were in credit card debt for around $30,000, Salman being named Matten's death beneficiary, accusations that Matten and Salman were arguing over an affair, travel purchases for dates after the attack, and a text from Salman to Mateen reading "If Ur mom calls say nimo invited you out and noor wants to stay home".

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