Novack Widow's Murder Trial Set to Begin

Opening statements in case of Fort Lauderdale woman charged with killing husband and mother in law

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 2:20 PM EDT
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Narcy Novack is accused of murdering her husband, Ben Novack Jr., in New York. Novack Jr. was the heir to the Fontainebleau hotel fortune. Former Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Steve Palazzo talks about the case.

Narcy Novack is accused of murdering her husband, Ben Novack Jr., in New York. Novack Jr. was the heir to the Fontainebleau hotel fortune. Former Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Steve Palazzo talks about the case.

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The trial for a Fort Lauderdale widow charged with killing her millionaire husband and mother in law is expected to begin Monday in a upstate New York courtroom.

Novack is facing life behind bars in the murder of husband Ben Novack Jr., who was found beaten and killed in his Rye Brook, N.Y. Hilton hotel room on July 12, 2009.

Prosecutors allege Narcy Novack let two killers into the hotel room, watched as they beat her husband with dumbbells and ordered them to cut his eyes out as he lay with his hands and legs bound with tape.

Her brother, Cristobal Veliz, is also facing murder charges. Novack and Veliz have both pleaded not guilty.

Narcy Novack, Veliz and two accomplices were charged in July 2010 in the murder of Ben Novack. Last April, they were charged in the death of 86-year-old Bernice Novack, who was found dead inside her Fort Lauderdale home just two months before her son was killed.

Her death had initially been ruled an accident and was thought to have happened after she slipped and fell.

Ben Novack's father, Ben Novack Sr., built Miami Beach's Fontainebleau hotel.

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