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Woman denies arranging 1979 murder of wealthy husband in Inverness home

Jacquelyn Greco on Tuesday formally denied arranging the 1979 murder of her wealthy husband in their upscale Inverness home during what authorities contend was a bogus break-in.

Greco’s attorney entered not guilty pleas on her behalf to the five counts of first-degree murder filed against Greco last month in the decades-old shooting of her husband, Carl Gaimari.

Cook County prosecutors also revealed during the short court hearing that they plan to do DNA testing in an effort to link Greco, now 66, to the April 30, 1979 killing.

Prosecutors, however, didn’t reveal what items they want tested for tell-tale DNA.

Greco, whom authorities allege orchestrated the murder to end her troubled marriage and inherit an estate valued at more than $500,000, didn’t speak during the hearing.

She remains jailed without bond.

Gaimari was shot to death by two masked gunmen who had burst into the home and locked Greco and three of the couple’s children in a closet, authorities have said.

The gunmen waited for the 34-year-old commodities trader to return home, then shot him to death in the basement with two of his own pistols before fleeing, police have said.

Greco was charged after police last year reopened their investigation, then secretly recorded a phone call in February in which Greco allegedly talked about how she had arranged her husband’s murder.

Prosecutors also have contended Greco weeks before the slaying told an acquaintance that she and her lover — then a Chicago police detective — had crafted a plan to stage a home break-in that would end with Gaimari being murdered.

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