(OS) The Pulse nightclub shooter’s widow is asking for her trial to be held outside Orlando, claiming she could not get a fair trial in the city.
Her attorneys also released a fuller transcript of her text messages with her husband half an hour before he was killed by police, saying the version of the conversation leaked after the attack was incomplete.
Noor Salman is charged with providing material support to a terror organization and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and injured at least 68 more when he opened fire in the gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Her trial is scheduled for March.
Shortly after the attack, Salman sent Mateen a text message at 4:27 a.m., her attorneys said in court documents.
“Where are you?” she wrote, according to the legal motion.
“Everything ok?” Mateen responded.
“Your mom is worried and so am I,” Salman wrote. “You know you work tomorrow right?”
“You heard what happened,” Mateen wrote, to which Salman responded with “????”
“What happened?!” Salman asked.
“I love you, babe,” Mateen wrote at 4:29 a.m. It was his last message.
“Habibi what happened?!” Salman said, using an Arabic term of endearment. “Your mom said that she said to come over and you never did.”
In a motion filed Friday, her attorneys say that ubiquitous media coverage and statements from local officials such as Orlando Police Chief John Mina created an environment in which Salman would not be able to find an impartial jury.
The motion cites Mina’s tweets and statements to the press, including “I am glad to see that Omar Mateen’s wife has been charged with aiding her husband in the commission of the brutal attack on the Pulse nightclub.”
It also mentions headlines and stories, including a New York Post front page proclaiming “She could have saved them all.”
“To enumerate all the articles relating to Ms Salman’s investigation, indictment, arrest, and trial proceedings would require pages and pages of exhibits appended to this Motion,” attorney Charles Swift wrote, referring to the Orlando Sentinel’s coverage of the attack.