New charge for Fla. woman accused in 2 killings

September 20, 2011 - 4:40 PM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors have added a charge that would toughen the potential prison sentence for a Florida woman accused of arranging the killings of her husband and mother-in-law.

A revised indictment was released Tuesday against 54-year-old Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale and her brother, 57-year-old Cristobal Veliz of Brooklyn.

The indictment adds several new counts, including murder in aid of racketeering. A conviction on that charge would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Novack and Veliz are accused in the 2009 slayings of Bernice Novack in her Fort Lauderdale home and Ben Novack in his suburban New York hotel room. They have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege Novack wanted to get her hands on her husband's multimillion-dollar fortune. His father built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.