Pulse nightclub gunman's widow acquitted of aiding murder of 49 people

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The widow of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in the USA state of Florida, has been acquitted of two charges related to the June 2016 attack.

Salman faced charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.

Salman is the widow of Omar Mateen, who shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016.

The Pulse shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but has since been surpassed by the Las Vegas attack in which a shooter opened fire on an outdoor concert past year, killing 58 people.

Now engaged to marry Murray's brother, she's as close as anyone could be to the tragedy, but she said she wasn't surprised when the wife of killer Omar Mateen was acquitted on Friday for an alleged role in the massacre.

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.

Noor Salman left the building around 1 p.m. Friday, about two hours after a jury found her not guilty of helping her husband commit the Pulse nightclub attack and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Salman's attorneys argued she was not an accomplice in the case, but a victim. This means that Salman won't be living in a federal prison for the rest of her life.

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Salman's attorneys denied her involvement in the mass shooting. It's a frightful, random, senseless killing by a monster. "On the contrary, we were convinced she did know".

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. But her mother says she's getting a room ready for her return.

Salman cried when the verdict was read, along with her cousin and two uncles.

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. "Her only sin has she married a monster", Moreno told jurors.

The government contended also that she knew Mateen had a sick fascination with violent jihadi videos and an affinity for Islamic State group websites, and that she gave him a "green light to commit terrorism". Authorities had questioned her for 11 hours.

Defense attorneys filed a motion for dismissal last weekend after prosecutors informed them that the shooter's father was an FBI informant who is under criminal investigation.

The revelation threatened to upend the case against Salman, but the judge denied the motion, saying it was not relevant.

"On this Good Friday, the family wants to say we're very sorry for the family members and friends of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and also the survivors of that terrible attack", a representative from Salman's family said. His intended target was the Disney Springs complex, prosecutors said.

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