Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Widow Found Not Guilty of Aiding and Abetting

Marsha Scott
April 2, 2018

"We will always carry the pain of what happened at Pulse, and we will never forget those who were taken".

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer wrote on Twitter: "Hopefully the conclusion of the trial related to the Pulse tragedy can help our community continue the healing process".

On the other side of the Orlando courtroom, the families of the victims of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting sat stone-faced and silent.

"This has been an emotional event for our community, and many feel that justice has not prevailed", he said in a statement. The prosecution then went another route saying she may not have pulled the trigger but, she was used, "as a green light for her husband".

Her lawyers had argued that she was an innocent victim of her husband's lies.

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

Using geolocation data from cellphone records and documentary evidence of the couple's whereabouts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had already concluded - long before Salman was arrested - that it was impossible that she went to Pulse with Mateen on that date.

Later on in the test, Salman's lawyers additionally required Byron to state a mistrial or disregard the situation outright, stating the prosecution had actually held back important details for the growth of their debate. They said she was abused by her husband, who cheated on her and concealed much of his life from her. Her statement detailed how Mateen was obsessed with watching beheading videos and would do so in front of their children.

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In the days leading up to the attack, Salman was recorded on surveillance cameras accompanying Mateen on a shopping spree for clothing, toys for their son and jewelry.

The FBI also found receipts and cell phone signal locations that showed Salman was away from Pulse nightclub on the day she had admitted to being there with her husband to evaluate it as a target. This includes Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings who said, "I am disappointed in the outcome of the trial and know that the victims and/or their families are more disappointed".

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

Noor Salman began sobbing with joy when the decision was read out at the United States district court in the Florida city. "I don't know how she's going to make up for the last two years". 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. A judge rejected motions to either dismiss the case or order a mistrial earlier this week.

Salman's husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016, the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

While that piece of the statement has been disproved, prosecutors stressed they used electronic evidence to prove other points were correct, including Mateen's obsession with ISIS. Prosecutors waited until after they had rested their case to acknowledge that Mateen's father, Seddique Matten, was a government informant.

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