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Omar Mateen's widow found not guilty

Omar Mateen's widow found not guilty.
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On Friday, the jury sitting for the Noor Salman trial came back with a verdict of “not guilty.” 

Salman is the widow of Pulse Nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

She was accused of providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice in connection with the 2016 Pulse Nightclub attack. She faced life behind bars.

On June 12, 2016, her husband Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 58 when he opened fire inside the LGBT landmark.

The FBI questioned Salman who confessed to knowing what her husband’s plans were, she admitted to helping him scout out the venue for his attack.

"I wish I had done the right thing, but my fear held me back. I wish I had been more truthful," she wrote in the statement.

She has since spent over a year in prison.

In the trial, the FBI accused her of making a false confession. The prosecution then went another route saying she may not have pulled the trigger but, she was used, “as a green light for her husband.”

Salman’s attorneys argued that she was just a “simple-minded” victim.

"She doesn't go to the mosque, she searches for Hello Kitty on her website," defense attorney Charles Swift said in his closing argument. "We're supposed to believe she had long conversations with Omar Mateen about jihads?"

Defense attorney Linda Moreno told jurors. "Omar Mateen is a monster. Noor Salman is a mother, not a monster. Her only sin is she married a monster."

The jury had been deliberating since Wednesday before coming back with the not guilty verdict