Defense: Wife had no idea about nightclub attack

These previous omissions "have placed Ms. Salman, the jury, and this Court in a dark wood where the search for truth has been thwarted", the motion states.

'He had to choose a new target, ' she said.

Sweeney showed surveillance video of the Disney Springs complex that captured Mateen walking near the House of Blues club in the hours before the Pulse attack.

Defense attorneys argued that if they had known about Seddique Mateen's Federal Bureau of Investigation status, they may have argued other theories during the trial, including that the Mateens, rather than Salman, conspired to support ISIS, according to the motion. "Noor Salman is a severely abused woman who was in realistic fear for her life", Campbell wrote. More likely, Moreno suggests, Mateen used the lie one last time to deceive his wife about his whereabouts the night of the killing.

Defense attorneys described Salman, who was born in California to Palestinian parents and once lived in Rodeo, as a simple woman with a low IQ. Security footage shows he went to Downtown Disney in Orlando before heading to Pulse.

In closing arguments in the case against Noor Salman, widow of Pulse Nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, prosecutors are laying out new theories on the planning before the attack, what Mateen's wife knew, and how she allegedly lied to investigators. Mateen had claimed allegiance to a leader of the group. And she said she was with Mateen as he drove around the Pulse site a week before the attack, even though cell phone records indicate that trip never happened. "He was one of my fans", performer Lisa Lane told The Advocate.

In the email disclosing this information to the defense, the prosecution stated, "If you should call S. Mateen to the stand, the government will not seek to elicit any of this information from him". Prosecutors allege he was scouting out the location for a possible attack.

Lawyers for Noor Salman urged a judge to throw out the case because prosecutors withheld information that Omar Mateen's father, Seddique Mateen, worked as a confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation informant at various times between January 2005 and June 2016. Attorneys Charles Swift and Scheller argued in a motion on Sunday that this revelation alone, made only after the prosecution rested its case, was grounds for mistrial.

Salman, 31, is charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice for allegedly misleading law enforcement agents in their investigation of the massacre.

The revelation threatened to upend the case against Salman, but a judge denied the motion, saying it was not relevant to the case against her. Her defense is scheduled to wrap up this week and lawyers will give closing arguments.

A USA government email to his attorney said an "anonymous tip indicated that Seddique Mateen was seeking to raise $50,000-$100,000 via a donation drive to contribute toward an attack against the government of Pakistan" in 2012, News 6 reported.


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