Charges added, death penalty sought in Novack murder trial
Prosecutors have requested that new charges be added in the case of Narcy Novack, who is accused of ordering the murders of both her husband and mother-in-law, as they look to seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors asked today that a charge of murder in aid of racketeering be added to the case. If approved by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, such a charge would qualify the case as a capital crime, or one that carries the chance for the death penalty.
Novack and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, are accused of orchestrating the death of 87-year-old Bernice Novack, in Florida in April 2009, and Ben Novack, Jr.'s death at the Rye Town Hilton shortly after in July 2009.
The two have been offered a life sentence in exchange for guilty pleas, but say that they have no intentions of making such a plea.
Three other men have already pleaded guilty in the case, confessing that they were hired by Novack and Veliz. Federal officials say Novack wanted to be the sole heir to her husband's millionaire estate.
The siblings will return to court again next month.Not guilty pleas in murders of Ben Novack, Jr., mother
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