Federal prosecutors argued that Mateen attacked Pulse instead of Disney Springs because he noticed Orange County sheriff's deputies stationed at the attraction.
Prosecutors said Mateen stopped at a nearby Walmart and purchased a baby stroller and baby doll before heading to Disney Springs.
Federal prosecutors say the target of Mateen’s attack was not Pulse – originally it was Disney Springs.— Monivette Cordeiro (@monivettec) March 28, 2018
Federal prosecutors say Noor Salman’s support and encouragement through the acceptance of gifts and money was a green light and ultimately gave Omar Mateen the go-ahead to commit a terrorist act.— Monivette Cordeiro (@monivettec) March 28, 2018
Salman is accused by the U.S. government of aiding and abetting her husband before he shot and killed 49 at the gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, 2016. The 31 year-old is also charged with obstruction of justice for lying to the FBI after the attack.
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