Santa Ana, CA – Former NFL player Eric Naposki was convicted Thursday of murdering a lover's benefactor-boyfriend in his Newport Beach home.
The trial for the 44-year-old Naposki came 17 years after he was accused of murdering Bill McLaughlin. Naposki was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.
Naposki, who played a total of five games over two seasons (1988-89) for New England and Indianapolis, faces life in prison without parole. He will be sentenced October 21.
Also charged in the case is Nanette Ann Packard, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole. She'll be on trial November 4.
According to the Orange County District Attorney, Packard was dating McLaughlin while being romantically involved with Naposki. She is accused of convincing Naposki to murder McLaughlin, the owner of a medical technology business, for financial gain.
Packard is accused of having a $1 million life insurance policy on McLaughlin.
Naposki worked as a bouncer at a nightclub, which was about 130 yards from the victim's home. Packard is accused of providing Naposki with a key to McLaughlin's home and providing him with his schedule when he was expected to be at the beach house.
The DA said Naposki entered McLaughlin's home on the night of Dec. 15, 1994 using the house key and shot him six times while he was standing in the kitchen.
The day prior to the murder, Packard wrote a check for $250,000 from one of McLaughlin's accounts and put it in her personal account. It posted the Monday after the murder. She was sentenced to one year in jail in 1996 for writing checks from McLaughlin's personal account and putting them into her own accounts.