Jacquelyn Greco

Booking photo of Jacquelyn Greco. (Cook County state's attorney's office / May 8, 2013)

A former Inverness woman today pleaded not guilty to charges that she arranged the 1979 slaying of her husband during what authorities said was a staged home invasion.

Assistant Public Defender Deana Binstock entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Jacquelyn Greco, 66, who was silent during the brief arraignment at the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court on five counts of first degree murder.

Prosecutors allege Greco conspired with an unnamed individual to kill Carl Gaimari during a staged home invasion and robbery on April 30, 1979. Gaimari was shot to death with his own guns by two men who forced their way into the home and locked Greco and her children in a closet, prosecutors said.

Judge Kay Hanlon set a hearing in the case for July 11.

Greco is being held without bail following her arrest in March in Crystal Falls, Mich., where she had been living for the past seven years. In May she was transferred to Cook County jail.

Inverness police re-opened the case several years ago and obtained a tape recording in which Greco implicated herself in the murder, prosecutors said.

Michael Gaimari, brother of the victim, attended the hearing but had no comment afterward.

No other arrests have been made in connection with the case.

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