ORLANDO, Florida. – The widow of the man who shot and killed 49 people on the Pulse of the nightclub in Orlando goes on trial in federal court Wednesday.
Noor Salman, 31, is charged with the complicity of her husband, Omar Mateen in the planning of the 2016 assault on the Pulse of the nightclub. She faces life in prison if convicted. They pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutors have said Salman accompanied her husband when he framed locations for potential terrorist attacks, knew in advance that he was planning the attack and misled FBI agents about what she knew about her husband’s plans.
The defense plans to argue that Salman was abused by her husband and was afraid of him.
It took several days to select a jury of 12 and six alternates.
U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron said the trial could last five weeks or more. Jurors were asked whether they could be impartial in the wake of the Park, Florida, school shooting, and also asked if they believe that the war on terror targets Muslims. They were also questioned about whether they knew that survivors or victims of a terrorist attack.
Mateen, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was killed by police in the hours after the shooting. At the time of the attack, it was the worst mass shooting in modern AMERICAN history. It was surpassed in October last year by the fatal shooting death of 58 people in Las Vegas.
Salman was arrested in California in 2017, where they stayed with family, and ended up in jail because.
From various documents of the court of auditors, it is expected that the defense will say Salman was abused by her husband and feared for her life. Her lawyers also claim that they are not given proper Miranda warnings, which tell suspects they have a right to remain silent and have a lawyer present, before they make statements.