Widow of NYC antiques dealer indicted in his death

NEW YORK (AP) – The widow of a wealthy Manhattan antiques dealer has been indicted for murder in the nearly two- decade-old killing.

Barbara Kogan’s defense lawyer says his client will surrender to authorities Tuesday to face a charge in the shooting death of George Kogan in October 1990.

The 64-year-old widow’s defense attorney, Barry Levin, says prosecutors have no “substantive evidence” to link his client to the death. He says the prosecution’s case is founded on “gossip.”

The Kogans were in the midst of a nasty divorce when George Kogan was slain outside his mistress’ home.

A jury in April convicted Barbara Kogan’s divorce attorney, Manuel Martinez, of hiring the contract killer.

Barbara Kogan was the beneficiary of life-insurance policies worth $4.8 million.


Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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