Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Jury selection begins for Pulse Nightclub shooter's wife

Noor Salman                       NBC NEWSCHANNEL Noor Salman NBC NEWSCHANNEL
Patty Aguilar | 02 March, 2018, 16:14

It's been nearly two years since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of the widow of the Orlando Pulse shooter, almost two years after the slaughter at the gay Florida nightclub that left 49 dead and scores wounded.

"You take Pulse nightclub-if you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn't have happened", he stated, "Or certainly not to the extent it did, where he was just in there shooting, and shooting and shooting and they were just defenseless".

Salman is charged with aiding and abetting, and obstructing justice by lying to investigators.

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Salman was indicted on January 12 by an Orlando Grand Jury, she was arrested a few days later in San Francisco, and extradited back to Florida in April 2017. But prosecutors said she knew of her husband's plans to launch an attack and did nothing to stop it. Salman's attorney will likely argue she did not know anything about what her husband was planning and try to prove she suffered from PTSD from abuse from her husband.

Salman will have the opportunity to testify.

During the shooting, Salman was hours away at their Fort Pierce apartment. Her husband died in a shootout with police responding to the attack at the nightclub. According to prosecutors, she also denied that Mateen had the rifle when he left their apartment the night of the shooting. Putting together an impartial jury may be challenging because the trial is happening in downtown Orlando, a few miles from where the deadly shooting happened.

And even before the trial starts, some insight into the defense's strategy. If convicted, Salman could face life in prison.

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