But a defence attorney for Noor Salman said she was a “simple woman who loved children” and did not know that her husband, Omar Mateen, intended to carry out the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016.
Dueling portraits of Salman, 31, emerged during opening statements at her trial in U.S. District Court in Orlando. She faces up to life in prison if she is convicted of aiding and abetting her husband and obstructing a federal investigation.
“The defendant’s cold actions gave Omar Mateen the green light to commit these crimes” on behalf of Islamic State, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Mandolfo told jurors. She is the only person charged in the massacre. Mateen died in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Mandolfo said the…