e only person charged in the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 more is now on trial in US District Court in Orlando. Noor Salman, the wife of shooter Omar Mateen, could face life in prison if she is convicted of aiding and abetting her husband and obstructing the federal investigation into the rampage.
Attorneys made opening statements Wednesday. Omar Mateen carried out the massacre just before last call at the Orlando night club in June 2016, holding hostages during his stand-off with police. Mateen claimed allegiance to a leader of ISIS before being fatally shot. Prosecutors said Salman knew about her husband's deadly plan and initially lied to investigators.
Salman's defense attorney said she was at home with the couple's then three year old son during the shooting spree, unaware of his plan. A jury will decide in the coming weeks whether Salman is culpable in the killings or another of Mateen's victims.