Club shooter’s wife loses bid to toss case

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

OR­LANDO, Fla. — An ob­struc­tion charge will re­main in place against the wife of a man who mas­sa­cred dozens at a Florida night­club last year, a fed­eral judge ruled Tues­day.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Paul By­ron de­nied a re­quest from Noor Sal­man to dis­miss one of the two crim­i­nal charges she faces. She is sched­uled for trial in March on the ob­struc­tion charge and a count of aid­ing and abet­ting her hus­band, Omar Ma­teen.

The charges were filed in a fed­eral dis­trict that cov­ers Or­lando, but she’s ac­cused of ob­struct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors dur­ing an in­ter­view in Fort Pierce, which is in the South­ern Dis­trict of Florida. Sal­man ar­gued that the ob­struc­tion charge was filed in the wrong venue.

The judge said the of­fense with which Sal­man is charged af­fected an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the dis­trict in which the counts were filed.

“That is, the of­fense was con­tin­u­ing in na­ture, mak­ing venue proper in this dis­trict,” By­ron wrote.

Forty-nine pa­trons of the gay night­club Pulse were killed and dozens more were in­jured af­ter Ma­teen opened fire in the club in June 2016. Ma­teen was shot dead by po­lice.

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