WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP/WCBS 880) – Prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty in the case of a Florida woman accused of arranging the killings of her husband and mother-in-law.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi With The Latest

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliott Jacobson said in a New York court Wednesday that he still plans to charge Narcy Novack, of Fort Lauderdale, with murder in aid of racketeering.

That charge can carry the death penalty, but Jacobson said the government will seek life in prison instead.

Novack and her brother, 57-year-old Cristobal Veliz of Brooklyn, have pleaded not guilty. They’re charged with hiring the killers of Bernice Novack in her Florida home and Ben Novack in his Rye Brook hotel room.

Ben Novack’s father built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

(TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Watch & Listen LIVE