Deputy District Attorney Matthew Murphy described Naposki as "beyond broke" and deeply in debt, but who had started a new relationship with the girlfriend of a wealthy man that allowed him to travel across the country on romantic getaways — on McLaughlin's dime.
During a 2 1/2-hour PowerPoint presentation to jurors and a courtroom packed with about 80 spectators, Murphy outlined interviews between police and Naposki where, prosecutors allege, he became increasingly defensive. Murphy pointed to circumstantial evidence that Naposki owned the same type of gun used in the slaying, and that that gun was loaded with the same type of bullets when it was found with a friend.
"The one good thing for Mr. Naposki: the relationship with Nanette progressing nicely," Murphy said.
"At 9:10 and one second, when Mr. McLaughlin's heart stopped beating, Nanette became a millionaire."
Naposki, who played for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts in the late 1980s, worked as a bouncer at the Thunderbird Nightclub, which was 131 yards from McLaughlin's home, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. On the night of the murder, Naposki was said to have arrived late, and prosecutors believe that Naposki left the crime scene and went straight to work.
In his opening statements, Murphy noted that the killer had an original pedestrian key with access to the area — something that was coveted and difficult to acquire unless someone lived in the community, as Packard did.
He also noted that Packard and Naposki were house shopping just before McLaughlin's death, looking for homes in the $900,000 range, despite the fact that neither of them had any assets of their own.