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Former NFL player accused of murder set to appear in court

Naposki A former NFL player accused in the 1994 death of a wealthy Newport Beach businessman is set to appear in court Monday, records show.

Eric Naposki, 44, a former linebacker, is charged with the murder of Bill McLaughlin, the husband of Nanette Ann Packard, whom Naposki was dating, the Daily Pilot reported.

McLaughlin started dating Packard in 1991 and was financially supporting her when she started a relationship with Naposki, a bouncer at the Thunderbird Nightclub, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors allege Naposki entered McLaughlin's house in 1994 with a key that Packard had given him and shot McLaughlin six times.

Packard had a $1-million life insurance policy on McLaughlin, and stood to receive $150,000 and free rent for a year in his beachfront home, according to the district attorney's statement.


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Photo: Eric Naposki in a mid-1990s photo. Credit: Y. Nanetti / Associated Press


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