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Pulse gunman widow Noor Salman found not guilty on all charges


By: Sabrina Lolo, CBS12 Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS12/ WPEC) - Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen, has been found not guilty on all charges.

The jury began deliberating Wednesday before agreeing to regroup Thursday morning.

Noor Salman

Mateen, of Fort Pierce, killed 49 people and injured 53 others on June 12, 2016. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) during the shooting and was eventually killed by police during a shootout after a three-hour standoff.

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., following a mass shooting. Police negotiators talking to gunman Omar Mateen at first weren't sure if the person they had on the phone was actually in the Pulse nightclub, according to audio recordings released Monday, Oct. 31, after a judge ruled they should be made public. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

It was considered the worst mass shooting in U.S. history until the mass shooting in Las Vegas last October, where 59 people were killed.

Salman faced charges of obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization. Once again, the jury acquitted Salman on all counts.

Prosecutors made a statement shortly after the verdict, saying they respect the decision and appreciated the hard work by the jury.

Prosecutors say Salman knew about the attack at the nightclub and helped her husband plan it and scout potential locations, which included Disney and CityPlace in West Palm Beach, before deciding on the Orlando nightclub. Earlier reports also indicated Mateen texted with his wife during the attack.

Salman's attorneys tried to get a mistrial after court documents revealed Mateen's father worked as an FBI informant for more than 10 years.

Mourners gather around candles lit during a vigil after a fatal shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

If convicted, Salman could've been sentenced to up to life in prison.

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