Judge agrees to release widow of Pulse shooter
Noor Salman accused of aiding Omar Mateen's attack in Orlando
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in California has agreed to release on bail the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub until she faces trial on charges of aiding his attack.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu decided Wednesday that 31-year-old Noor Salman isn't a flight risk or a danger to public safety. The judge says there's no evidence that Salman has connections to the Islamic State group or holds extremist views.
A two-day hold has been put on the release order to give prosecutors time to appeal.
Her husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to several terror organizations during the attack before police shot and killed him.
Salman is charged with aiding and abetting Mateen and lying to investigators after the shooting. She has pleaded not guilty.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina released a statement following the news of Salman's release.
"Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones," the statement read. "But I have full faith that she will ultimately be brought to justice and I remain grateful to federal authorities, who worked tirelessly on this case for months to see that some measure of justice be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply."
Salman will live with her uncle in Northern California and has to wear an electronic ankle monitor.
A trial hasn't been scheduled.
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