Editor's note: This corrects the second to last paragraph.
The trial of a Ladera Ranch woman and her former boyfriend accused of killing a wealthy Newport Beach man was split into two trials Monday, according to Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy.
Nanette Johnston Packard, 45, and Eric Andrew Naposki, 44, are accused of plotting to kill Bill McLaughlin in 1994.
Murphy said he couldn't discuss why the trials were separated.
Almost 20 years ago, McLaughlin responded to Packard's singles advertisement asking for a companion who could provide for her financially. About two years into their relationship, she started secretly seeing Naposki, a former National Football League player and bouncer at a local club, prosecutors said in 2009.