Reiterates To Journal News She Had No Involvement In Ben Novack Jr.'s Death

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are new developments in the case of a Westchester County woman accused of helping to kill her wealthy husband at the Rye Town Hilton.

Narcy Novack told The Journal News in a phone interview there’s no “proof” her husband is actually dead, even though police say there is no question that three years ago Ben Novack Jr. was bludgeoned and stabbed to death.

One of my questions is: is my husband dead? Is my husband alive? And they don’t have that answer,” Novack said.

Narcy Novack is the Florida woman accused of hiring hit men to murder her multi-millionaire husband. Ben Novack’s father built the famed Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. He was beaten and stabbed to death on July 12, 2009, police said.

“I need to prove that I am innocent,” Narcy Novack said.

That has been Novack’s assertion since day one, that she had no involvement in the murder of her husband, reports CBS 2’s Chris Wragge. The FBI believes differently. Novack told police she was at breakfast on the morning of the murder, when she came back to the hotel suite she shared with her husband she found him bound and gagged.

In an exclusive interview with The Journal News, she claimed she, too, may have been a victim.

“I am alive just for… the miracle. It was a decision made, nobody knew. And at the last moment plans got change and I have a witness of that. For the grace of God, I left the room,” she told the newspaper.

The FBI alleges that Novack killed twice, stole, laundered money and conspired to murder again in an elaborate plot hatched along with her brother to gain her husband’s $10 million estate.

The other murder Narcy Novack is now linked to is the brutal killing of Bernice Novak, Ben’s mother, three months before his death at her home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

In a surprising twist in the case, one of the men who pleaded guilty to murdering Ben Novack is now expected to testify that it was Narcy Novack who let him and another hit man into the hotel room.

Jury selection for Narcy Novack’s and her brother’s trial starts Tuesday in federal court in Westchester County.

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