Narcy Novack, a former Hialeah stripper born in Ecuador, had a stormy marriage with her husband, who had bizarre sex fetishes and was also having an affair with a tattooed porn star named Rebecca Bliss.
Fearing her husband would leave her, Narcy Novack and her brother hatched the plot, authorities say, paying a string of unsavory characters, friends and relatives to help.
At one point, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dember described the conspirators as “the gang who couldn’t shoot straight,” pointing out that the killers walked right past the hotel’s security cameras. Veliz and the hired hit men left a trail of breadcrumbs that led them to everyone -- except Narcy Novack.
The break in the case came after Novack’s neighbor on Del Mar Place in Fort Lauderdale told police about a phone that Narcy had given her to use to call her sick mother overseas. Narcy allegedly told the neighbor that that phone, which ended in “2089,” was a secret phone that her husband didn’t know about.
Rye Brook and Westchester County detectives subsequently found that there were hundreds of calls between phones that Veliz used and the secret phone, from early April, when Bernice Novack was killed, through her husband’s murder on July 12.
Cell phone towers pinpoint the calls to Fort Lauderdale, in Bernice Novack’s neighborhood, on the evening of April 5, when the killers ambushed the family matriarch in the garage of her home and beat her in the face with a monkey wrench.
Cell phone records, as well as the hit men, detailed their movements, driving around, casing Bernice Novack’s house in the weeks before she was killed. Veliz also received and made phone calls to the secret phone.
Both Veliz and Novack’s defense attorneys, who are expected to argue their case Wednesday before the jury, contend that the phones were not used by Veliz and Novack — and that even if Narcy Novack did call her brother, it doesn’t mean she planned any murders.
But the timing and location of the calls are certainly suspect , Dember said.
At 4:42 a.m. on the morning of her husband’s murder, a call between the secret phone and Veliz was picked up on cell towers near Rye Brook. The call, which lasted 44 minutes, was well before dawn.
“What other reason could Narcy Novack have been speaking to her brother that morning, except to talk about what was going to happen,” Dember said.
Veliz, 58, and Novack, 55, both face felony murder charges in connection with the crimes. If convicted they could face up to life in prison. The trial, which began April 23, is nearing an end with closings expected to conclude Wednesday. Jury deliberations may begin Thursday or Friday.