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Orlando Gunman’s Wife May Face Federal Charges

The man who allegedly killed 49 people at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub Sunday morning got some help from his wife in planning the massacre, according to investigators.

Yahoo! News reported that Noor Zahi Salman admitted she knew about Omar Mateen’s intentions, but claimed she tried to talk him out of going through with the shooting rampage. The FBI submitted the woman to a polygraph test, and she recalled how her husband had become “radicalized” since last year, according to CBS News.

NBC News reported that Salman acknowledged having been at her husband’s side when he purchased the holster and ammunition he used in the mass shootings. FBI officials told the television network that she gave Mateen a ride to the Pulse nightclub so he could plot his crime.

Agents are considering filing criminal charges against Salman. “If she drove him to get ammunition or to case the crime scene, I think that’s enough to warrant very serious charges if she had requisite knowledge of the crimes,” Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney for southern Florida, told Yahoo! News on Tuesday. “If the authorities have evidence beyond reasonable doubt that she did everything knowing what he was going to do, then I think she will face very serious criminal charges.” He explained that for the woman to be indicted for “aiding and abetting” the crime, she must have taken an “affirmative step.”

Mateen could be charged with murder, if investigators prove she helped Mateen commit the murders, according to Tim Heaphy, a former federal prosecutor in Virginia.

Source: Yahoo
Photo: NBC News

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