- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - A woman from Florida lured her 80-year-old mother-in-law to the door of her home with a late-night cellphone call, then killed her in hopes of obtaining part of her multimillion-dollar estate, according to court documents made public Thursday.

The daughter-in-law, Diana Nadell of Cutler Bay, Florida, was charged earlier this week with murder and conspiracy in the stabbing of Peggy Nadell of Valley Cottage. Three other women were also charged.

Police and prosecutors have refused to discuss a motive, but the complaint, signed by a Clarkstown police detective, says Diana Nadell wanted some of her mother-in-law’s $4 million “marital inheritance.”

Prosecutors are trying to extradite the defendants from Florida, California and Washington, D.C. No lawyers are listed for them yet in Clarkstown Justice Court, where the complaints were filed. The content of the complaints was first reported in The Journal News.

The documents say Diana Nadell and Andrea Benson of Washington, D.C., went to Peggy Nadell’s home on Jan. 25 and called her at 1:17 a.m. to get her to the front door, then killed her.

Peggy Nadell’s daughter found the body later that day. Police said Nadell had been stabbed but the specific cause of death has not been made public.

Benson is also charged with murder and conspiracy. The complaint against her says she agreed to help with the killing in exchange for a payment from Diana Nadell.

Tanisha Joyner of Washington and Elita Grant of East Long Beach, California, were charged only with conspiracy. The complaints say Joyner tried to supply a false alibi for Nadell and Grant helped arrange the killing.

Nadell had been a county Democratic committeewoman and was outspoken on environmental and women’s rights issues.

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