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The Latest: the Jurors discuss nightclub attack case

ORLANDO, Florida. – The Latest on the trial of a woman accused of helping her husband plan a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub (all times are local):

2 hours

Members of the jury started to deliberate in the trial of a woman accused of helping her husband plan a deadly nightclub attack.

Federal Judge Paul Bryan released the members of the jury at 1:42 pm on Wednesday to begin their discussions after 11 days of testimony.

Noor Salman is charged with obstruction and the provision of material support to a terrorist organization.

The 31-year-old mother is accused of helping her husband, Omar Mateen, are planning an attack at the Pulse Nightclub in June 2016. She is also charged with obstruction.

Mateen killed 49 people and the police killed him.

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1:15 pm

Defense attorneys for the woman accused of helping her husband plan a deadly nightclub attack tell a jury that they had no idea what her husband was planning that evening in June 2016.

Lawyers for Noor Salman told jurors on Wednesday that she could not have known about the attack, because her husband, Omar Mateen, did not even know that he was going to attack the Wrist of the nightclub.

Salman is charged with obstruction and the provision of material support to a terrorist organization and faces up to life in prison, if convicted.

The defense told the jury that there is reasonable doubt that the 31-year-old mother helped her husband and they must acquit her.

Jury deliberations are expected to begin later Wednesday.

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11:45 pm

Prosecutors say that the Orlando nightclub shooter intended to attack Disney World’s shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a weapon in a baby stroller, but was chased by the police and opted for the gay club as his target.

Prosecutors revealed the new information during closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of the shooter, the widow, Noor Salman. She is charged with obstruction of justice and providing material support to a terrorist organization.

Prosecutors say she misled the investigators when they spoke to her in the hours after the attack. They say that they knew Omar Mateen had guns and they both had visited Disney World in the days before the attack. Prosecutors say lied about his use of the internet, radicalisation and the number of weapons that he had.

The defense is expected to begin closings arguments later Wednesday.

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11 hours

Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a woman accused of helping her husband in an attack on the gay night club Pulse in Orlando.

Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Sara Sweeney on Wednesday told the jury that Noor Salman “knowingly engaged in misleading conduct” when she spoke to the FBI in the hours after the attack, and helped her husband Omar Mateen planning of the attack. Mateen killed 49 people in 2016.

Salman is charged with obstruction and the provision of material support to a terrorist organization.

Sweeney, says Salman didn’t know that Mateen was going to be the Pulse of the nightclub. She thought that he would go to Disney. The government claims that Salman knew Mateen had guns, and they also instructed him to lie about his whereabouts that night to his mother.

The defense is expected to begin closings arguments later Wednesday.

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3:05 pm

Closing statements are expected to begin in the trial of a woman accused of helping her husband plan to June 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida.

The prosecutor, defense attorneys, will give the closing statements on Wednesday morning in the federal trial of Noor Salman, the 31-year-old mother accused of aiding her husband in the June 2016 Pulse nightclub attack.

The prosecutors have said Salman knew Omar Mateen was buying ammunition, helped him to spend the money for the attack and knew about his plan when he left the house in the night that he killed 49 people in 2016.

Defense attorneys, describing Salman as a simple woman with a low IQ, who was abused by her husband, and who didn’t know of his plans, because he’s hidden part of his life from her.

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