Abad has already filed a claim to the estate on behalf of her sons, who are in their early 20s. Her attorney, Bill Crawford, declined comment Thursday.
The wild yarn has earned a place as one of the most bizarre murder cases in South Florida history.
It featured surprise breast implants (received by Narcy at Ben Jr.’s direction while she was under anesthesia for an unrelated procedure), extra-marital affairs, a tattooed porn star, sadomasochistic sex, a one-eyed hit man, the worlds’ second-largest Batman collection, an ex-Miami Dolphins linebacker, Vodou, baseball-sized balls of cocaine, amputee porn, a bungled police investigation and a hotel manager who happened to be the grandson of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister.
The jury of eight men and four women returned the verdict after less than three days of deliberations. The trial, held in federal court in White Plains, N.Y., lasted nine weeks and included about 6,000 pages of testimony.
In the end, the panel apparently struggled with a robbery charge that was critical to convicting the defendants of the felony murder of Ben Novack. The indictment required proof of aggravated robbery to find them guilty of murder under New York law, which is where the crime happened.
The pair were, however, convicted in the felony murder of Bernice Novack, whose crime was charged under Florida law, since she was killed in Fort Lauderdale. It required proof of different aggravated circumstances.
The sinister plot began in April 2009, when Veliz, a 58-year-old Philadelphia tour bus driver, hired two Miami men to stalk and then attack Bernice Novack, a former model who, as queen of the Fontainebleau, once mingled with U.S. presidents, heads of state and Frank Sinatra. Despite her years, Bernice Novack was a spry, healthy woman. But on April 6, 2009, she was found sprawled in a pool of blood in the laundry room of her Fort Lauderdale home.
Fort Lauderdale police and the Broward County medical examiner called her death accidental, saying it probably stemmed from the lingering effects of a fall she had taken a week earlier in a bank parking lot. But three months later, her son was bludgeoned to death at the Rye Town Hilton, in Rye Brook, N.Y. Novack Jr., known a volatile businessman, went on to his own success after his father’s hotel empire crumbled. He ran a Fort Lauderdale-based company, Convention Concepts Unlimited, and was overseeing a meeting for one of his most prestigious clients, Amway International, at the time he was slain.
The creepy characters that were part of the Veliz Enterprise — prosecutors’ name for the circle of schemers — and the bloody plot they wove together, however, was about as organized as a plate of paella. Their missteps included using a broken down getaway car, putting each other’s phone numbers in their cell phones, getting chased away from a murder scene by a former Miami Dolphins linebacker, using credit cards to buy the murder weapons and getting caught on the hotel’s video surveillance cameras.
The two killers testified that Narcy Novack let them into the couple’s hotel suite, after which they pounded him with hand weights, and bound him with duct tape. During the throes of the assault, Narcy threw them a pillow to muffle her husband’s screams. Finally, she ordered the killers to gouge his eyes with a utility knife. He died of asphyxiation, choking on his own vomit.