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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Prosecutors could wrap up case this week against Pulse gunman's widow

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 8:47 AM

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Federal prosecutors could finish presenting their final witnesses this Thursday in the U.S. government's case against Noor Salman, who is accused of aiding and abetting her husband Omar Mateen in his 2016 attack on the gay nightclub Pulse.

Salman, 31, is charged with obstruction of justice after federal agents accused her of lying to them. If convicted, Salman could get a life sentence in federal prison.



Mateen was shot and killed by police on June 12 after murdering 49 people at Pulse and wounding dozens more. During the attack, Mateen pledged allegiance to the ISIS, and prosecutors showed his online activity focused on watching videos and visiting websites related to the terrorist organization. 

So far, jurors have heard from several FBI agents who say Salman's behavior after the massacre and her concern for her financial well-being show she knew in advance about her husband's plans for a massacre. Defense attorneys for Salman have argued her confession to the FBI was coerced and that she was unaware of her husband's plans.

Salman's attorneys say they plan to bring at least eight witnesses for the defense next week.

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