Prosecutor says greed, revenge fueled ‘peculiarly sadistic’ Novack murders

WHITE PLAINS— Prosecutors said today that Narcy Novack had a strong financial motive to plot the killings of her husband and mothier-in-law, but that the “peculiarly sadistic” way they were attacked suggested there was even more behind the kllings.

“Somebody wanted to make them suffer. Somebody was out for revenge,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliott Jacobson said in his closing arguments of Novack and her brother, Cristobal Veliz.

“Someone wanted to make sure Bernice Novack would never speak again,” he said. “Someone wanted to make sure Ben Novack would never look at another woman again. That someone was and is Narcy Novack.”

Narcy Novack, 55, and Veliz, 58, are charged with racketeering and other crimes for allegedly orchestrating the 2009 murders. Two hired killers, Alejandro Garcia and Joel Gonzalez, testified that Narcy Novack let them into the Hilton Rye Town on the morning of July 12, 2009, and stood by as they pummeled her 53-year-old millionaire husband before Garcia slashed his eyes.

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