RadarOnline.com has learned the 31-year-old was found innocent of assisting her husband in his mass killing after investigators found she had a below average IQ and had simply been a victim of Mateen’s insanity.
"Omar Mateen is a monster. Noor Salman is a mother, not a monster. Her only sin is she married a monster," defense attorney Linda Moreno told jurors before the final verdict.
Mateen was killed by police during a standoff in 2016 after he shot 49 dead and injured 53 others at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Salman was then accused of having aided the killer by having failed to tell authorities all she knew about his sick crime.
"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, which was shown in court this Wednesday, March 28.
After hiding valuable information about her delusional husband due to “fear,” Salman told authorities before her court date that Mateen watched jihadi beheading videos, purchased a rifle and ammunition and often practiced his shooting.
FBI special agent Ricardo Enriquez testified that Salman said in several statements to the FBI that Mateen watched jihadi beheading videos, purchased a rifle and ammunition and went to a gun range to practice.
"This case is about what she knew and what she did," Assistant US Attorney Sara Sweeney said, according to CNN. "The defendant didn't pull the trigger that night, but she did serve as a green light for her husband."
Before the jury reached a decision this Friday, Noor Salman faced a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted.
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