Millionaire's daughter: Convicted killer 'got what she deserved'
"This is in honor of my dad and the many people she's used and abused," said Kimberly McLaughlin, one of McLaughlin's two daughters. "She got what she deserved."
A jury of nine women and three men convicted Nanette Packard-McNeal, 46, of murder for financial gain in the 1994 shooting of McLaughlin.
Eric Naposki, a former NFL player, was convicted last summer of pulling the trigger. While Packard-McNeal was with McLaughlin, she was also dating Naposki on the side.
She faces life in prison without parole at her May 18 sentencing. Naposki, 45, will be sentenced the same day.
Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy credited Newport Beach police and new technology with cracking the once-cold case. For 15 years, Packard-McNeal was considered a suspect, but there was never enough evidence to charge her.
Authorities asserted that Packard-McNeal gave Naposki a key to McLaughlin's home and persuaded him to kill McLaughlin.
McLaughlin was shot at close range in his kitchen while his son was upstairs. There was no evidence of forced entry.
"We didn't know why anyone would want to hurt our dad," said Jennifer McLaughlin, McLaughlin's other daughter. "It was a big revelation she was involved."
McLaughlin took care of Packard-McNeal financially and put in his will that she would get $150,000 and get to live in his beachfront Balboa Coves home rent-free for a year if he died. She also took out a $1-million life insurance policy on him.
Murphy said Packard-McNeal was "absolutely motivated by money. She's a greedy thief who created this murder."
Packard-McNeal later sued the family, who eventually settled. Much of that settlement was returned when she was later convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from McLaughlin after his death.
-- Joseph Serna, Times Community News
Photo: Booking photo of Nanette Packard-McNeal. Credit: Orange County District Attorney's office