Florida jury acquits widow of Pulse nightclub shooter on all counts

The Noor Salman trial wraps up this week

Wife of Pulse nightclub killer Omar Mateen found not guilty of aiding husband's attack that left 49 people dead

The widow of the man who shot dead 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida almost two years ago was acquitted Friday of aiding and abetting her husband.

The jury received the case Wednesday and talked about it for about three hours.

According to the New York Times, Salman wiped tears from her eyes as the verdict was read. Her cousin and two uncles sobbed and hugged each other as the verdict was read, the Associated Press reports.

"On the contrary we were convinced she did know", the statement continued. She had fled to the Bay Area from Florida after the shooting with her four-year-old son.

Salman, who had been jailed during the trial, will move to California, where she has relatives, family spokeswoman Susan Clary said.

"The family really wants to first say that we're very sorry for the family members and friends of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and also the survivors of that disgusting attack".

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Salman, who faced life in prison, wrote in a statement that she knew her husband was going to do something violent in the days leading up to the Pulse shooting.

She didn't answer questions from the media, and hung onto the arm of her attorney as they walked to a waiting auto.

The Orlando Sentinel quoted Sara Sweeney, one of the prosecutors, as saying they were "disappointed" in the jury's verdict but "respect" it. They also told a jury that Salman was aware of his intentions to attack a location.

Jurors asked Judge Paul Byron on Thursday for some definitions and descriptions related to the charges, some of which he provided.

Noor Salman with her husband Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub.

The statement has been a crucial piece of evidence in the case and a major point of contention with questions on whether the 12-page statement Salman signed was fact or fiction. They showed that she had trouble holding down a job at Kmart and obtaining a driver's license. "She knew what he was doing".

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"I'm in shock. I think that she knew that he was up to something", said Neema Bahrami, an event manager at the nightclub who survived the shooting while his best friend was killed. While district attorneys insisted that Noor had actually offered misleading statements to state as well as government private investigators, the protection preserved that she had actually been controlled as well as abused throughout these investigations.

Now engaged to marry Murray's brother, she's as close as anyone could be to the tragedy, but she said she wasn't surprised when the wife of killer Omar Mateen was acquitted on Friday for an alleged role in the massacre.

"On this Good Friday, the family wants to say we're very sorry for the family members and friends of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and also the survivors of that disgusting attack", a representative from Salman's family said. But during the course of the trial, it was revealed that Global Positioning System and cellphone data showed that neither Mateen nor Salman had been near the nightclub before the attack.

Defense lawyers, in documents filed with the court over the weekend, called for a mistrial in Salman's case following the revelation that her father-in-law Seddique Mateen had served as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

She was arrested seven months after the massacre.

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