Wife of Orlando gunman may be released on $500K bond
- Author: Adam Floyd Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 0:45
The wife of Orlando Pulse nightclub shoote Omar Mateen will be freed from jail until she faces trial.
After Mateen was fatally shot by police during the Orlando attack, Salman moved from Orlando into her mother's San Francisco home.
Judge Donna Ryu set Salman's bail on Wednesday, saying she wasn't a flight risk or a danger to the public.
Ryu said there is no evidence that Salman is linked to any terror groups or holds extremist views, and that the government's evidence against Salman was "debatable".
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement he was "disappointed" by the decision but that he had "full faith that she will ultimately be brought to justice".
Salman's husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub on June 12. Salman is also charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to investigators. Prosecutors allege she had knowledge of her husband's plans, and lied to authorities about it. Salman has pleaded not guilty.More news: New York Mets' David Wright iffy for Opening Day with shoulder impingement
The ruling essentially puts Salman under house arrest, allowed to leave only for court appearances, to meet her attorneys or for medical appointments for her and her son, Ryu said. Her trial has not been scheduled yet. Prosecutors want to know whether she knew Mateen was planning the attack.
Swift wrote in a motion for her release that Salman is not religious at all and that her connection to the crime was only through "her tragic marriage" to Mateen.
Prosecutors have alleged that Salman knew that Mateen was going to carry out the early June 12 attack on the gay nightclub and lied about it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Among the purchases was an $8,000 diamond ring for Salman.
They urged the judge to release her from jail pending the trial, but the judge initially declined, instead ordering a mental health evaluation of Salman.
Prosecutor Sara Sweeney divulged some details of the allegations while arguing against the release of Salman on February 1.
"She knew he was going to conduct the attack", federal prosecutor Roger Handberg told the judge, according to the Associated Press.