ORLANDO, Florida. – The Latest on the trial of the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter (all times are local):
Opening accounts are offering opposing portraits of the widow of the man who shot and killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in Florida.
A federal prosecutor and Noor Salman’s lawyer opened her trial in federal court Wednesday.
The 31-year-old is charged with the complicity of her husband, Omar Mateen, in planning, in 2016, the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Prosecutors are portraying Salman help Mateen scope possible locations to attack and knowing his plan when he left the house in the hours before the attack. They also say that she lied and tried to mislead FBI agents.
Her lawyer says Salman is a simple, caring mother of a 5-year-old boy with an IQ of 84 and didn’t know anything about Mateen’s plans.
The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people on the Pulse of the nightclub in Orlando goes on trial in federal court.
Thirty-one-year-old Noor Salman is charged with the complicity of her late husband, Omar Mateen in the planning of the 2016 assault on the Pulse of the nightclub. She is facing life in prison, if convicted. They pleaded not guilty.
The first rulings in the trial and the first witnesses are scheduled for Wednesday morning.
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.