Noor Salman, the widow of gunman Pulse, was found guilty on Friday of providing material assistance to a foreign terrorist organization and not being guilty of obstructing justice. Federal judges in Orlando weighed the charges in connection with their husband's massacre in 2016.
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A verdict was obtained in the trial of Noor Salman, the widow of the Puller Nightclub Armed, accused of material support afford a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice related to the 2016 Orlando massacre.
Jurors began discussing the case on Wednesday afternoon.
The prosecution said Salman supported Mateen before his killing action and then lied to the FBI to thwart the investigation.
"This case is about what she knew and what she did," said US Attorney Sara Sweeney. "The accused did not pull the trigger that night, but she served her husband as a go-ahead."
Salman's lawyers argued that her client was not an accomplice but a mere victim of her husband's infidelities and lies
"She is not going to the mosque, she is looking for Hello Kitty on her website," Defense Attorney Charles Swift said his final argument. "We're supposed to believe she had long conversations with Omar Mateen about Jihad?"
Salman did not testify during the trial. If convicted of the terrorist attack, she could live in prison.
"I wish I had been more truthful"
During the 10 days of the testimony, the jury watched surveillance videos, the Mateen bought weapons before shooting and also opened the fire in the nightclub.
Surveillance cameras also recorded that Mateen was on a shopping spree with Salman Clothes, toys and jewelry went to several stores in Central Florida at least a week before shooting.
"I wish I had done the right thing, but my fear was holding me back, wishing I had been more truthful," she wrote in the testimony shown in court.
FBI Special Agent Ricardo Enriquez testified that Salman said in several statements to the FBI that Mateen Jihad was beheading videos, buying a gun and ammunition and going to a shooting range to practice. 196590000]
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Defenders condemned Salman as the mother and victim of Mateen's abuse and infidelity, as did the FBI's Forced Explorers.
"Omar Mateen is a monster, Noor Salman is a mother, not a monster, her only sin is that she married a monster," said defender Linda Moreno to the jury.
Since the defense launched their case on Monday, Mateen's family and friends described her as a peaceful person and a good mother. They said Salman was unable to "calculate," "misleading," or "able to connect the dots."
Bruce Frumkin, a forensic clinical psychologist, said on Tuesday that lack of sleep, mental problems, low IQ scores, and lengthy interrogations contribute to false confessions.
Salman was interviewed by authorities for 11 hours and her IQ score is 84, which makes her "below average in intelligence," Frumkin said.
Gunman's father was an FBI informer
Defense attorneys filed for dismissal last weekend after prosecutors told them that the shooter's father was an FBI informant who was being prosecuted ,
raised the case against Salman, but the judge dismissed the application and said that it was not relevant to the case against her.
Seddique Mateen was A Confidential FBI Source At Various Times Between January 2005 and June 2016 An Application by Defense States Citing an Email from Sweeney
The e-mail also states that Seddique Mateen is going to fines for money transfers to Turkey and China Investigated to Afghanistan in his home on June 12, 2016, the day of the Pulse attack. The details of the transfers were, according to the email, between March 16, 2016 and June 5, 2016.
Defense lawyers argued that if they knew of Seddique Mateen's FBI status, they would have followed other theories during the process , including that the Mateen, instead of Salman, conspired to support ISIS, according to the motion.
Seddique Mateen had been on the indictment's witness list, but was not called to testify in the process.