Noor Salman, 31, sobbed upon hearing the jury's verdict of not guilty of obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization, charges that could have brought a life sentence. If she had been convicted, she could have received life in prison.
Eventually, however, the court agreed the protection anyhow, acquitting Noor Salman of both costs: aiding and abetting the arrangement of product assistance to an global terrorism company- in this instance, the Islamic State, to which Omar Mateen vowed his obligation throughout the strike- and also blockage of justice.
On Friday, the jury sitting for the Noor Salman trial came back with a verdict of "not guilty".
Prosecutors had argued that Salman had helped her late husband look for locations for an attack and gave him the "green light to commit terrorism".
That said, her defense attorney, Linda Moreno, later said that Salman was intimidated by FBI investigators into giving a false confession.
"We just felt that the prosecution didn't provide sufficient proof to meet the burden of proof required by the letter of the law", the jury foreman said.
During the trial, which began March 3, the defense argued that Salman had a low IQ, a childish nature and was dominated by her abusive husband. It's a disgusting, random, senseless killing by a monster.
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The juror also acknowledged "there were several significant inconsistencies with the written summaries of her statements", as the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not record its interviews with Salaman following the attack, according to the paper.
It's an extremely hard day for the victims of Pulse Nightclub, their families, and everyone affected by the horrific events of June 12, 2016.
She had been accused of giving misleading statements to law enforcement officers who interviewed her following the massacre, which at the time was the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.
On the other side of the Orlando courtroom, the families of the victims of the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting sat stone-faced and silent.
About two hours later, she left the Orange County Jail with her attorney. They say she wasn't an Islamic extremist. They also heard his conversations with an Orlando police negotiator, in which he declared his support for the Islamic State, blaming US military strikes in the Middle East for the attack.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney showed surveillance video of the Disney Springs complex that captured Mateen walking near the House of Blues club in the hours before the Pulse attack. "I wish I had been more truthful", she wrote in the statement.
But the defense portrayed her as an easily manipulated woman with a low IQ and argued that she signed a false confession because she was exhausted after extensive questioning and feared losing her young son. She went on to state that the terrible act by Mateen "wasn't preplanned" because "if he didn't know, she couldn't know".