Dramatic Testimony in Salman Trial

posted by Jim Poling - 

A dramatic day inside the courtroom Wednesday as Pulse nightclub survivors told their stories.  "Good Morning Orlando's" Stephanie Mays was one of only 10 people in the public viewing gallery.  She gives her account:

Opening statements took place Wednesday in Orlando federal court as the trial of Noor Salman got underway.

Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub gunman, is charged with aiding and abetting her late husband in his attack on the Orlando LGBT nightclub.

The prosecution apparently contended that Salman not only knew about her husband's plans, but assisted him as he scouted locations.

The defense, however, claimed that Salman was a 'simple' person who was not involved and had no idea what her late husband was planning.

After opening statements, testimony began in the trial. Jurors and those attending the trial heard from a police officer who was an early arrival to the scene, and they heard from a survivor of the shooting.

The mass shooting in June 2016 killed 49 people and left more than 50 others wounded.

Twelve jurors and six alternates have been chosen to hear the trial, which is expected to last approximately three weeks.

If convicted on all counts against her, Salman, 31, could face life in prison.

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