Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Wife Acquitted of Helping Him

Pulse nightclub shooter's initial target was Disney site, prosecutors say

The widow of the gunman who slaughtered 49 people at a gay Orlando nightclub was acquitted Friday of helping her husband plot the attack and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation afterward, ending the government's almost two-year effort to hold someone accountable.

The FBI arrested Salman in January of past year on a charge of obstruction of justice and "aiding and abetting by providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization", according to Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

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

Mateen was killed in a gun battle with Orlando police during the attack. "Really that is the top most important thing the family wants you all to know, regardless of their happiness today at the verdict".

Over the course of the trial, jurors saw graphic footage from inside Pulse, watching as Mateen sprayed bullets into a crowd of patrons, then stalked the nightclub, shooting the wounded as they lay on the dance floor.

She had been accused of giving misleading statements to law enforcement officers who interviewed her after the massacre, the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001. Omar Mateen is dead. Salman, a 31-year-old who was born in California to Palestinian parents, denied the charges, saying she was not aware of her husband's plan.

The jury foreman in the concluded trial of Noor Salman - widow of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen - said jurors were "convinced" she knew of the attack beforehand, but had "no option but to return a verdict of not guilty".

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Salman's attorneys denied her involvement in the mass shooting. But prosecutors said she studied possible attack sites with her husband and did nothing to stop his plans. She told investigators that Mateen had deactivated his Facebook account in 2013, but they found that he had an account up until the month of the shooting - and was friends with his wife.

"She began to cry and said, 'I knew, '" Enriquez said. Salman allegedly wrote to an FBI investigator that she was sorry.

The family said it did not know when or if Noor Salman would be returning to the Bay Area.

"She doesn't go to the mosque, she searches for Hello Kitty on her website", Swift said in closing arguments. "Her only sin has she married a monster", Moreno told jurors. "The importance to this case is that if he didn't know, she couldn't know".

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

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.

Salman also said in the statement that she had accompanied Mateen while casing Pulse and other potential targets.

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