Judge agrees to release widow of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

Judge agrees to release widow of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

A federal judge in California has agreed to release on a $500,000 bail the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub until she faces trial on charges of aiding his attack.

The judge won’t immediately release Noor Salman, 31.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu decided Wednesday Salman isn't a flight risk or a danger to public safety.

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The judge said there's no evidence that Salman has connections to the Islamic State or holds extremist views.

Orlando police Chief John Mina said he was disappointed with the judge's decision, but praised the work of federal investigators on the case.

Her husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to several terror organizations during the attack before he was shot and killed by police.

FBI agents arrested Salman Jan. 16 on charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice in connection with the June 12, 2016 massacre.

Salman was also charged with 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.
She won't be allowed to leave her uncle's home unless it's for her son's medical needs, her mental health treatment or anything court related.

Last month, a judge ruled that Salman will stay in jail pending a mental evaluation before he decides if she'll be released on bail.

A trial hasn't been scheduled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report