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Noor Salman, Pulse nightclub gunman's widow, to arrive in Bay Area

Noor Salman, Pulse nightclub gunman's widow, to arrive in Bay Area

Noor Salman, the widow of the Florida nightclub gunman, walked free on Friday after a jury cleared her of charges related to the massacre that killed 49 people nearly two years ago.

In the Florida courtroom, Noor Salman sobbed upon hearing the jury's verdict of not guilty of obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization, charges that could have brought life in prison.

Her lawyers argued that Salman, who was home with the couple's then 3-year-old son at the time of the rampage, has a low IQ, a childish nature and was heavily influenced by her abusive husband.

Prosecutors said Salman and Mateen scouted out potential targets together - including Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex - and she knew he was buying ammunition for his AR-15 in preparation for a jihadi attack.

"The more we learned", he said, "the better Noor Salman looked".

Salman said Mateen told her "this is my target" beforehand in reference to the LGBT club. VIDEO: Pulse nightclub shooter's widow found not guilty on all countsProsecutors has argued that Salman knew about her husband's guns and his obsession for Muslim extremist videos. Shortly after convening Thursday, the jury asked about the meaning of "willful" and for an example of aiding and abetting.

The 12-person jury began their deliberations on Wednesday after three weeks of testimony.

The defense said that Salman was nothing more than a victim of her husband's deceit and in no way an accomplice.

Charles Swift, defence attorney for Noor Salman paces outside the Orlando Federal Courthouse. It's a terrible, random, senseless killing by a monster.




She didn't answer questions from the media, and hung onto the arm of her attorney as they walked to a waiting vehicle.

Seddique Mateen was a confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016, a motion filed by the defense states, citing an email from Sweeney.

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. They said Salman is not capable of being "calculating", "deceptive" or "able to connect the dots".

According to prosecutors, Mateen meant to attack Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and chose a new target.

Salman also advised Mateen to lie to his mother when she inquired about his whereabouts on the night of the shooting, prosecutors said.

I am disappointed in the outcome of the trial and know that the victims and/or their families are more disappointed.

Leal says although two years have passed, she prays every day for peace.

Officials from U.S. District Court in Orlando said the jury's decision would be announced Friday morning. Her lawyers said she had no knowledge and was mentally and physically abused by him. She said Salman's alleged confession was "clearly coerced" and added: "Cops screw up their own cases".