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Judge agrees to free widow of Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter on bail

Noor Salman, seen in a family photo in which her son's face is obscurred, was married to Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in an attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June.
Noor Salman, seen in a family photo in which her son's face is obscurred, was married to Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in an attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June.
Published Mar. 1, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. — The latest on the court case of the widow of the Orlando nightclub shooter:

UPDATE: A federal judge in California won't immediately release the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, putting the order on hold for two days so prosecutors can appeal.

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 and should leave jail ahead of trial.

Salman is charged with aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, and lying to investigators after the June shooting that killed 49 people. She has pleaded not guilty.

The judge says there's no evidence that Salman has connections to the Islamic State group or holds extremist views. Mateen pledged allegiance to several terror organizations during the attack before police shot and killed him.

Previous update:

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 or holds extremist views.

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.

Salman will live with her uncle in Northern California and has to wear an electronic ankle monitor.

A trial hasn't been scheduled.