Siblings' NY trial in family killings almost over

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Posted: Jun 15, 2012 4:18 PM
Siblings' NY trial in family killings almost over

Closing arguments have ended in the eight-week trial of a Florida woman accused of directing the killings of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Monday.

Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale and her brother, Cristobal Veliz of Brooklyn, 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.

On Friday, a prosecutor ridiculed as fantasy defense claims that Narcy Novack's daughter was the instigator of the killings.

Judge Kenneth Karas then began instructing the jury and said he would finish Monday.

With the jury sent home, Veliz told the judge he blames the prosecution for the death of his girlfriend's mother because they questioned her. The judge cut him off.