Widow of Pulse nightclub killer goes on trial

March 1, 2018 GMT

Survivors of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting are opening old wounds to seek justice as the trial of the gunman’s widow opens in Orlando.

Jury selection begins Thursday in the federal trial of Noor Salman, who is charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice for allegedly misleading law enforcement agents investigating the massacre on June 12, 2016.

Salman has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. If convicted, she could face life in prison.

Prosecutors believe Salman was aware of her husband’s plans and will argue that she could have tipped off authorities to prevent the mass shooting at the gay nightclub, which left 49 people dead and more than 50 others wounded.

Salman’s attorneys will claim that their client had no prior knowledge about Omar Mateen’s plans and that she was a wife enduring her husband’s abuse. One of her attorneys has said that Salman suffers post-traumatic stress disorder due to years of physical and mental abuse, CNN affiliate WKMG reported.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors are considering prospective jurors from a pool of 600 people.

Putting together a completely impartial jury will be a difficult task, especially because the trial is being held in downtown Orlando, about two miles from where the massacre took place.