Ventura County

Man found guilty of killing his stepson for not doing chores in Simi Valley

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten says Howard Novak, 65, was found guilty by jury of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing his stepson with a knife. 

Novak of Simi Valley stabbed his stepson Kelly Hughes, 28, to death in the late evening hours of August 4, 2016.

They shared a home together in Simi Valley. Earlier that day Novak confronted Hughes about not doing his chores. 

Novak faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison. 

His sentencing is scheduled July 11, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. in courtroom 14 of the Ventura County Superior Court. 

He is currently being held in the Ventura County jail. 


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