Defense rests case in trial of Pulse nightclub shooter’s widow
ORLANDO, Fla. — Lawyers for the woman accused of helping her husband plan his June 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida have rested their case in her federal trial.
Noor Salman’s defense rested after calling one expert Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.
Prosecutors told the jury that Salman knew Omar Mateen was buying rounds of ammunition, helped him spend thousands of dollars before the attack on the Pulse nightclub and knew about his plan when he left home before the shooting where he killed 49 people in 2016. They also say she lied in an attempt to mislead FBI agents and had knowledge of her husband’s sick fascination with violent jihadist videos and terrorism.
Defense attorneys describe the 31-year-old mother as a simple woman with a low IQ who was abused by her husband.