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Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Wife Acquitted of Helping Him

02 April 2018

" Noor could go home now to her child", the representative included, "resume her life as well as attempt to get the items from greater than 2 years behind bars".

Prosecutors had alleged that Mateen received help from Salman while preparing to carry out his attack, and that she then tried to mislead the investigation by lying to the FBI.

Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, was declared not guilty on all counts Friday morning. But prosecutors said she studied possible attack sites with her husband and did nothing to stop his plans.

It didn't matter if Salman knew her husband's target, Sweeney said. However, we were not tasked with deciding if she was aware of a potential attack.

The verdict took three days of deliberation by the jury before they declared her not guilty of both counts.

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Salman, who had been jailed during the trial, will move to California, where she has relatives, family spokeswoman Susan Clary said.

Noor Salman is charged with obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization.

"We can never bring back the 49 innocent victims whose lives were taken on June 12, 2016, or erase the pain that the horrific act brought to so many, but we remain focused on helping the victims and family members continue the healing process", Dyer said in a statement.

"The bottom line is that, based on the letter of the law, and the detailed instructions provided by the court, we were presented with no option but to return a verdict of not guilty", the statement read. Instead, he transcribed her words - at her request, he said, because she was too nervous.

It was also revealed in court that Mateen initially planned to attack Disney World, one of Orlando's biggest attractions, by hiding his gun in a baby stroller, but was put off by the heavy police presence.

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"I'm in shock. I think that she knew that he was up to something", said Neema Bahrami, an event manager at the nightclub who survived the shooting while his best friend was killed. They also heard his conversations with an Orlando police negotiator, in which he declared his support for the Islamic State, blaming US military strikes in the Middle East for the attack.

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. Her lawyers say she had no knowledge of them and was mentally and physically abused by him. His intended target was the Disney Springs complex, prosecutors said.

During the government's case, jurors watched video of Salman and Mateen standing together as he purchased ammunition and jewelry.

"She doesn't go to the mosque, she searches for Hello Kitty on her website", defense attorney Charles Swift said in his closing argument.

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

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During the June 12, 2016, attack at Pulse nightclub, Mateen was reported to have pledged allegiance to ISIL in a call to an emergency police hotline.

Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Wife Acquitted of Helping Him