Noor Salman trial: Defense: Shooter only attacked Pulse because it was soft target

By Greg Angel, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018, 9:49 PM EST

Noor Salman's attorneys are arguing that Pulse shooter Omar Mateen only attacked the gay nightclub because it had less security than Disney Springs and Eve nightclub.

The second week of jury selection for Salman's trial, who is accused of helping her husband plan the 2016 Pulse attack that killed 49 people, has been focusing on the actions of her husband.

The defense has been saying that Mateen did not attack Pulse because it was a popular nightclub for Orlando's LGBTQ community.

Mateen made several phone calls during the attack at Pulse and pledged his allegiance to ISIS.

Defense will argue evidence that they say will contradict the FBI's claims of what Salman told them.

For six days now, Federal Judge Paul Byron has peppered potential jurors with questions on issues ranging from religion, to guns, to terrorism. 

The jury selection is expected to last through at least Friday.

Of the more than 80 potential jurors questioned so far, 18 have been excused for some kind of bias, whether it be related to guns, religion, or simply believe Salman is guilty. Many others are excused based on health or financial hardship issues.

That is why Judge Byron appears to be moving through jury selection in a methodical way, telling potential jurors that their job is to weigh only the evidence, leaving out any personal feelings or bias.

Just two people have been added to the jury pool that now stands at 44. Judge Paul Byron is hoping to get to 60 before drawing a final jury of 12.