No quick verdict in NY case of hotel heir killings
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- The first day of deliberations has ended without a verdict in the case of a Florida woman accused of directing the killings of her hotel heir husband and mother-in-law.
Jurors began considering the case Monday after eight weeks of testimony. They quit for the day 6 1/2 hours later.
Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale and her brother, Cristobal Veliz of New York City, are accused of hiring thugs for the fatal 2009 beatings of Ben Novack Jr. and Bernice Novack.
Ben Novack's father built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.
Prosecutors say Narcy Novack feared her husband would divorce her and ordered the attacks to secure the multimillion-dollar family estate for herself.
The defense has suggested that Novack's daughter was responsible for the killings. The daughter was never charged.
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