Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Noor Salman, the widow of Omar Manteen, the Pulse nightclub shooter, has entered a non-guilty plea to the federal court in Orlando, Florida.

Salman is facing charges of aiding and abetting Manteen, and was transferred from California to Florida for the hearing, which was her first since her arrest. She reportedly kept quiet during the five minute hearing, while her attorney entered her non-guilty plea and waived the indictment reading.

U.S. Magistrate Karla Spaulding set a tentative trial date for the beginning of June. Her case will be handled by U.S. District Judge Paul Byron.

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Prosecutors say Salman knew about her husband’s plans to attack the gay nightclub in Orlando but didn’t act to stop him. Mateen opened fire inside the club June 12, killing 49 people and injuring at least 68 others.

Salman’s defense attorneys have argued that she didn’t know the extent of Mateen’s plans and has no connection to terror groups.

She has appeared several times in court in Oakland, Calif., and has fought to be released on bail while her case continues.

A California judge last month agreed to grant her bail, but that ruling was quickly reversed by Byron, who said she poses too great of a threat to the community to be released.

I say that if she knew about his plans to murder people, and did not come forward, then she should definitely be charged! That is not the kind of thing you simply keep quiet about. She could have saved many lives by speaking up to the authorities. Their blood in on her hands, just as much as it is on her husband’s.

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