SANTA ANA — A jury on Thursday found a former NFL player guilty of murdering his lover's boyfriend for financial gain in Newport Beach.
Eric Naposki, 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder for plotting the shooting death of Bill McLaughlin on Dec. 15, 1994. The Orange County Superior Court jury agreed with prosecutors on all counts, and added a sentence enhancement for murder for financial gain.
As the verdict was read in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Naposki shook his head and turned to look at his fiancée, who was sitting behind him in the audience. "It's OK, it's OK," Naposki mouthed to her.
Both of McLaughlin's daughters hugged prosecutors afterward.
"We've always been hopeful," daughter Jenny McLaughlin told reporters after the verdict.
Naposki, once a linebacker with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, had been dating McLaughlin's girlfriend, Nanette Ann Packard.
The ex-football player, who at the time of the slaying was working as a bouncer at the Thunderbird Nightclub in Newport Beach, was accused of entering McLaughlin's home with a key Packard provided him and then shooting the businessman six times in the chest.