ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The United States District Court has announced that jury selection for the trial of Noor Salman, the widow of the gunman who took 49 lives at Pulse Nightclub in 2016, has concluded.
A jury of 12 with six alternates has been selected. They have not yet been sworn in. That will occur on Wednesday.
Fox 35 reporter Holly Bristow was outside the courthouse today and spoke to Noor Salman's family, who was in attendance. Her aunt said that "We know she is innocent and there's nothing changed on us because if we something -- if she was involved in any way, we won't be here."
After selecting the jury, the judge heard two motions and ruled on them. The defense asked that prosecutors not be able to say thta the gunman, Omar Mateen, was targeting the LGBTQ community when he attacked Pulse. The government said that is not the crux of their case and that Mateen acting on behalf of ISIS is.
The trial will resume with opening statements on Wednesday, March 14th at 9 a.m. The government and the defense say that they will take about an hour to do their opening statements.
Noor Salman is charged with aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen. She's pleaded not guilty.