Wife of Orlando nightclub killer pleads not guilty

Wife of Orlando nightclub killer pleads not guilty
Wife of Orlando nightclub killer pleads not guilty

19 January, 2017

The wife of the Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to helping her husband's terror plans, and blew a kiss at her uncle as she walked out of the courtroom.

Salman failed four lie detector tests and was subjected to IQ and other psychological tests to determine her intelligence and state of mind before prosecutors filed federal charges against her, the source said.

The indictment charges her with aiding and abetting Mateen in providing material support and resources to the Islamic State group between April and June of a year ago. Salman could face life in prison if convicted of the charges.

Mateen, who lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, with Salman and their young son, was self-radicalized and acted alone without assistance or orders from overseas, according to US authorities.

The couple lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, at the time of the rampage. The decision to extradite her, however, will likely be left to Charles Swift, an attorney with the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America who had applied to represent Salman, he said. Her lawyer, Linda Moreno, has said Salman was a victim of domestic abuse who had no prior knowledge of the nightclub attack.

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'She's a very soft and sweet girl, ' Salman said.

Her uncle Al Salman spoke to reporters outside of the court and said, "We believe in her".

While there, federal agents said they confronted her with video of her and Mateen purchasing ammunition. 'She would not hurt a fly'. He said Noor Salman appeared to be trembling but it was unclear if she was nervous or cold.

Linda Moreno, a Florida attorney who also represents Salman, said after her arrest that the widow "had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen meant to do that tragic night". But she told The New York Times in November that she was unaware of his intentions until he sent her a 4 a.m. text message the night of the shooting, asking whether she had seen what happened on the news. He died in a shootout with police after a 3-hour standoff at the club. Forty nine patrons were killed and another 53 were hospitalized. "But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime", Mina said.

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