Widow May Face Death Penalty in Novack Murder

Narcy Novack in court Thursday morning

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 12:50 PM EDT
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Millionaire Murdered By Wife: Police

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Narcy and Ben Novack Jr.

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Millionaire Murdered By Wife: Police

Ben and Narcy Novack had a tumultuous relationship. So when Ben's body was found last July in a rye New York hotel murdered, Narcy was immediately under suspicion.
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The Fort Lauderdale widow charged in the deaths of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law was in a New York court Thursday, where her trial was delayed until August.

Narcy Novack was visibly frustrated and insisted her attorney complain after her case was adjourned until Aug. 1 in federal court in White Plains, N.Y.

A federal prosecutor said last month he plans to indict Novack under a new charge of murder in aid of racketeering, which includes a capital punishment option.

Prosecutors must specify whether they'll seek the death penalty under the new charge, but the Justice Department hasn't made a decision, leading to the delay.

Novack, 53, and her brother and co-defendant Cristobal Veliz, 57, are accused of hiring killers to snuff out Ben Novack Jr. and mother Bernice Novack to inherit their fortune.

Novack Jr., 53, 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.

Just two months before her son was murdered, Bernice Novack was found dead inside her Fort Lauderdale home. Her death had initially been ruled an accident and was thought to have happened after she slipped and fell.

Narcy Novack, Veliz and two accomplices were charged in July 2010 in the murder of Ben Novack. She was charged in the murder of Bernice Novack in April.

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

Narcy Novack and Veliz have both pleaded not guilty to the charges they already face.

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