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Retired detective is back on the case in the slaying of a Newport Beach multimillionaire

August 8, 2010 |  2:41 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01156fa77e42970c-800wiFourteen years into his retirement, Newport Beach is looking to put police Det. Thomas Voth back on the clock.

As Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Matt Murphy prepares to put two former lovers on trial in the 1994 slaying of local businessman Bill McLaughlin, city officials plan to approve a contract at Tuesday's City Council meeting to pay the case's lead detective, Voth, for trial preparation.

"Thus far, Mr. Voth has spent a large number of uncompensated hours assisting DDA Murphy on the pre-trial preparation for this case," the staff report for Tuesday's meeting reads. "As the trial draws near, he will be required to perform additional pre-trial preparation and be present during the entire trial."

Prosecutors declined to comment on what Voth will do leading up to the trial. Voth's contract would pay him the same as a part-time police officer, $48.83 an hour, or $46,876.80 altogether.

Voth was the lead detective in the McLaughlin slaying, which occurred Dec. 15, 1994. McLaughlin's son, who was upstairs in his bedroom, said he heard gunshots. He found his father shot dead in their Newport Beach kitchen.

McLaughlin, a millionaire several times over when he was killed, had been dating and providing financial support to Nanette Packard, police said. Prosecutors say Packard also was seeing former professional football player Eric Naposki and that McLaughlin was unaware of that affair.

Packard is accused of giving Naposki a key to McLaughlin's home and persuading him to kill McLaughlin.

Read the story in the Daily Pilot.

-- Joseph Serna, reporting for the Daily Pilot

Photo: Nanette Packard. Credit: Newport Beach Police Department