FOX News reports that Noor Salman, wife of Omar Mateen, the man who fatally shot 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando last year, will face trial in the same city. 70 additional victims were injured during the shooting on June 12, 2016, and is considered one of the deadliest mass shootings in the country’s history.
Mateen committed the murders in the name of ISIS, and Salman is facing charges of providing material support to a terror organization and obstruction of justice.
On the night of the shooting, more than 300 people were inside the gay nightclub. Mateen called 911 to pledge his allegiance to ISIS, says FOX, and also shouted “Allahu akbar” when in a standoff with officers. The shooting began at approximately 2 a.m., and Mateen was fatally shot by officers at approximately 6 a.m., after victims were held hostage inside the building for nearly four hours and the SWAT team rushed inside.
Authorities say that Salman knew of the plan to carry out the mass shooting and that Mateen pledged allegiance to the terror group beforehand. She was also allegedly with him when he purchased multiple boxes of ammunition the night before the attack, says FOX.
Reuters reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and called Mateen an “Islamic State fighter.” However, authorities are not clear as to whether Mateen was actually directed or just inspired to carry out the attack.
Salman’s attorneys filed a motion to have the trial moved to a different city in September, citing media coverage as a source of bias influence on the jury pool there. The motion was denied, and the judge cited the U.S. Supreme Court ruling stating “prominence of media coverage does not necessarily produce prejudicing and juror impartiality does not require ignorance,” according to WESH.
Her trial is scheduled to begin March 1, 2018.
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