Death penalty off the table in Novack killings
The Florida woman accused of arranging the murder of her millionaire husband at the Rye Town Hilton will not face the death penalty, a federal prosecutor announced today.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliott Jacobson said in court that he was directed by the Justice Department not to seek the execution of Narcy Novack, 54, of Fort Lauderdale, or her brother, Cristobal Veliz, 57, of Brooklyn.
They are accused of hiring men who killed Ben Novack, Jr. in his hotel room and of arranging the murder of Novack's mother, Bernice, in her Florida home.
Ben Novack's father built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. He and his mother were beaten to death in 2009 in what the government says was Narcy Novack's attempt to acquire the family's multimillion-dollar estate.
Narcy Novack and Veliz have both pleaded not guilty. AP wire services were used in this report.
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