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Defence lawyers have argued that Salman was a simple woman who loved children and that FBI investigators coerced her into confessing.

The Orlando nightclub shooter meant to attack Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and instead chose the gay club as his target, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Defense attorneys described Salman as a simple woman with a low IQ who was abused by her husband, and who didn't know of his plans because he concealed much of his life from her.

Attorneys today for the government and Salman will make their closing arguments.

"If ur mom calls say nimo invited you out and noor wants to stay home", she wrote, using a different spelling for the friend's name.

A crux of the defense from the start of the trial has been that Mateen did not choose the target of his attack until the early hours of June 12, 2016.

"She doesn't have to know that his initial target didn't work out", she told the jurors.

Lawyers defending Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, have uncovered documents showing that Seddique Mateen, Omar's father, was an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant from 2005 to 2016. Government attorneys said in court they showed the graphic video to jurors because they believe it is clearest evidence they have pointing to Salman as aiding abetting her husband in committing a terrorist attack, CBS News' Michelle Miller reported. "I wish I had been more truthful", she wrote in a statement that was shown in court. More likely, Moreno suggests, Mateen used the lie one last time to deceive his wife about his whereabouts the night of the killing.

"The target of that terrorist attack was not the Pulse nightclub", Sweeney said.

Lawyers for Noor Salman urged a judge to throw out the case because prosecutors withheld information that Omar Mateen's father, Seddique Mateen, worked as a confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation informant at various times between January 2005 and June 2016.

In the email disclosing this information to the defense, the prosecution stated, "If you should call S. Mateen to the stand, the government will not seek to elicit any of this information from him". They have argued at trial that it was coerced.

Sweeney, in her rebuttal of the defense, says that numerous theories they have been put out about Salman's innocence rely on false presumptions.

Judge Paul Byron denied a motion Monday filed by Salman's attorneys to dismiss the case or to declare a mistrial.

The Government has prevented the defense from developing and pursuing alternative and viable theories of defense", the defense motion reads, "including, but not limited to the tenets that: 1) Omar Mateen and his father, rather than Ms. Salman, conspired to support ISIS; or 2) the FBI's focus on Ms. Salman was based on its own motive to avoid responsibility for its failures with its own informant, Seddique Mateen, as well as his son.


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