Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Widow Found Not Guilty
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 02, 2018,
Apr 02, 2018, 10:11
To avoid a conviction for aiding and abetting a terrorist act - and with it, a potential life sentence - an Orlando jury would have to decide that her confession could not be trusted beyond a reasonable doubt.
The court is about two miles away from the site of the nightclub where Mateen killed 49 people and injured 58 others in the June 12, 2016, attack. Mateen was killed by police who responded to the attack.
Eventually, however, the court agreed the protection anyhow, acquitting Noor Salman of both costs: aiding and abetting the arrangement of product assistance to an worldwide terrorism company- in this instance, the Islamic State, to which Omar Mateen vowed his obligation throughout the strike- and also blockage of justice. They say she wasn't an Islamic extremist.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings released a statement expressing his disappointment in the verdict.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said on Twitter that the trial's conclusion will help the community heal.
Central to the case were statements Salman made to Special Agent Ricardo Enriquez at an Federal Bureau of Investigation office in the hours after the attack. She overhead him making the 911 call in which he said he wanted the United States to stop bombing his country, and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
"I wish I had done the right thing, but my fear held me back", she wrote. Some people, you know, were watching the trial in hopes of obtaining some answers as to why, you know, Omar Mateen did this and why this happened.
The FBI questioned Salman who confessed to knowing what her husband's plans were, she admitted to helping him scout out the venue for his attack.
Defence attorney Fritz Scheller speaks with members of the media following the acquittal of the Pulse Nightclub gunman's widow Noor Salman in Orlando on Friday.
"She began to cry, and said, 'I knew, '" Enriquez said.
A guilty verdict would have meant a lifetime behind bars for Salman.
"It's a awful, random, senseless killing by a monster", Swift said during closing arguments. "Her only sin is she married a monster", Moreno said. She stood implicated helpful Mateen get ready for as well as intend the 2016 carnage at the club as well as of blocking private investigators' initiatives after the murder. They said Salman is not capable of being "calculating", "deceptive" or "able to connect the dots".
But the defense portrayed her as an easily manipulated woman with a low IQ and argued that she signed a false confession because she was exhausted after extensive questioning and feared losing her young son. A judge rejected motions to either dismiss the case or order a mistrial earlier this week.
Patience Carter survived the Pulse Nightclub shooting that took the lives of friend Akyra Murray and 48 other people on June, 2016.
Sweeney said Mateen's initial plan was to attack Disney Springs, a commercial district adjacent to Disney World.