Narcy Novack pleads not guilty to ordering husband's murder
The woman accused of arranging the murder of her millionaire husband at the Rye Town Hilton entered a not guilty plea in federal court today.
A trial date of April 16, 2012 has been set to start the proceedings against Narcy Novack. Prosecutors say they expect it will take at least six weeks to present their case.
Also today, Novack's attorney, Howard Tanner, told the judge he is considering filing a motion of severance which, if granted, would mean Novack would be tried separately from her brother, Christobal Veliez.
According to prosecutors, Novack and her brother hired two killers to murder her husband, Ben Novack Jr., while the two were staying at the Rye Town Hilton back in 2009.
Investigators say Novack watched in the couple's hotel room as the hit men savagely bound and beat her husband with dumbbells and then ordered them to gouge out his eyes.
She's also charged in the death of her mother-in-law, Bernice Novack, months earlier.
If Novack is convicted, there would be a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Last time in court, the prosecution took the death penalty off the table.
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