Narcy, a former stripper from Ecuador, has seven siblings, including Veliz. The hit men also testified that other members of the family were involved in the plot, which included money laundering.
Veliz attempted to explain why he moved around thousands of dollars in and out of his bank accounts in the months following the killings. He said he withdrew $1,500, for example, to spend on one of his girlfriends. Another $3,000 was withdrawn to make repairs on his Porsche, and he said he gave his sister Narcy $6,500 to help her with her legal battle to retain control of her late husband’s estate.
Veliz also testified that he and another man drove to Naples in August 2009 to try to hunt down Abad because “I wanted to do the job the detectives didn’t do,’’ meaning catch the real killer.
He also commissioned another acquaintance to try to find Garcia, who killed both Ben Novack and his 86-year-old mother, Bernice, who was once married to Ben Novack Sr., builder of the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.
“I asked for his legs to be broken if he could find him,’’ Veliz said of Garcia.
Toruno’s letter, which was dismissed by police in Fort Lauderdale who were investigating Bernice Novack’s death, said that the family matriarch was stalked by the killers before she was found in the blood-drenched laundry room of her home. Her body was discovered in April 2009, three months before her son was killed.
“That night,” Toruno wrote, according to a police translation, “they went to [Bernice’s] house. The daughter-in-law had keys to the house and had to had taken the cellular or all communication as they beat her up ... like it appear like the perfect crime, that she [Narcy] is laughing that the Fort Lauderdale police didn’t describe her like an assassin.”
Police and the Broward County medical examiner considered the death an accident, saying Bernice Novack had slipped and fallen, cracking her skull, breaking her tooth and fracturing a finger. There were blood drippings all over her car and throughout the house.
They changed their ruling to homicide after Garcia confessed to beating her with a monkey wrench almost a year later.
Narcy Novack sat quietly in her bright orange prison jumpsuit on Monday, listening to her brother testify. Although he claimed prosecutors offered to release him if he would testify against his sister, Veliz has stood by her.
Novack’s attorney, Howard Tanner, told the judge Monday that his client does intend to testify, possibly by week’s end.