ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Jury selection began in the trial of the widow of the gunman who police say killed dozens at a Florida nightclub.
Noor Salman's trial is being held in federal court in Orlando. Selection began Thursday. The first sketches of Salman in court are attached to this story.
As the federal trial begins of the widow of the man who shot and killed 49 people in a nightclub nearly two years ago, local and state leaders say community members must be mindful and lean on each other for support.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said the trial may bring difficult emotions to the surface those still grieving. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said it is "incomprehensible" that the incident took place at an LGBT nightclub in the city.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that Floridians have shown resiliency, bravery and love in the face of loss.
The case hinges on whether Salman knowingly helped Omar Mateen plan the 2016 attack at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people. Mateen called 911 from the club to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State. He died in a shootout with police.
Salman faces charges of aiding the support of a foreign terrorist organization resulting in death and obstruction of justice.
Prosecutors say Salman knew of her husband's plans. She denies the claim.
Though he's not on trial, the government has to prove Mateen killed in support of the Islamic State.