43ºF

Pulse shooter's wife loses appeal, must stay in jail

Noor Salman jailed in Florida until March 2018 trial

photo

ORLANDO, Fla. – Noor Salman, the wife of a man blamed for one of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history, has lost her appeal to be released from jail.

A panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that Salman should remain in jail until her trial next March.

Salman is being held at a general population facility in Central Florida. Authorities have not said which one.

Salman is charged with obstruction and aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, who opened fire at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last June. Forty-nine people were killed.

A magistrate judge in Oakland, California, said in March that Salman could be released from jail, but that decision was reversed by a federal judge in Orlando.

[MORE: Full coverage of Pulse nightclub shooting]

Salman was interviewed by the FBI after the shooting. Agents said they believe that Salman was not telling the truth about her husband's plans to carry out the shooting, court records showed.

Salman appealed to the appellate panel, which said her release would pose an unacceptable risk of flight and danger to the community.

Salman pleaded not guilty on Jan. 17 to the charges. Her trial is set to begin the first week of March 2018.