'Heartbreaking': Pulse shooting survivor reacts to verdict in trial of Noor Salman

'Heartbreaking': Pulse shooting survivor reacts to verdict in trial of Noor Salman

"Noor can go home now to her son, resume her life and try to pick up the pieces from two years in jail", Salman family spokeswoman Susan Clary said, adding that the relatives were grateful for the verdict.

Eventually, however, the court agreed the protection anyhow, acquitting Noor Salman of both costs: aiding and abetting the arrangement of product assistance to an worldwide terrorism company- in this instance, the Islamic State, to which Omar Mateen vowed his obligation throughout the strike- and also blockage of justice.

The jury's foreperson anonymously emailed a statement to Orlando news outlets, saying that the verdict did not mean that jurors thought Salman was unaware of Mateen's plans.

They also told the court that Ms Salman and Mateen scouted out potential targets together - including Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex - and she knew he was buying ammunition for his AR-15 in preparation for an attack.

"And after looking at the evidence, it's still not totally clear, but I think the only way for us to move on and heal is to not focus so much on this, and focus on memorializing and keeping the legacy alive of people that died that night", she said. Shortly after convening Thursday, the jury asked about the meaning of "willful" and for an example of aiding and abetting.

The verdict comes after three days of deliberations.

Salman's uncle, Al Salman, said, "Happy Friday It's Good Friday".

Noor Salman began sobbing with joy when the decision was read out at the United States district court in the Florida city.

"It's a terrible, random, senseless killing by a monster", Mr Swift said during closing arguments.

In a brief statement, Sarah C. Sweeney, an assistant US attorney who helped prosecute the case, thanked the jurors.

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It was also revealed in court that Mateen initially planned to attack Disney World, one of Orlando's biggest attractions, by hiding his gun in a baby stroller, but was put off by the heavy police presence.

"This case is about what she knew and what she did", Sweeney said at trial.

Officials from U.S. District Court in Orlando said the jury's decision would be announced Friday morning. They say she wasn't an Islamic extremist.

A few hours later, Noor Salman, 31, was freed from detention with her head down and clutching the hand of a lawyer, Fritz Scheller.

They asked several questions about the charges Salman faces and closely examined the statement she made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the hours after the attack.

Salman's attorneys argued she was not an accomplice in the case, but a victim.

Prosecutors argued that Salman knew about Mateen's plans and did nothing to stop them.

Offering an especially chilling detail, Ms. Sweeney suggested that Mr. Mateen bought a baby carriage and doll at a Walmart the night before the massacre so that he could hide his AR-15 assault rifle and draw no suspicion as he walked toward what prosecutors believe was his intended target, the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex, formerly known as Downtown Disney.

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