Former NFL linebacker faces trial in 17-year-old murder

In December 1994, multimillionaire businessman William Francis McLaughlin was shot and killed in his home.  Beginning this week, a former NFL linebacker will stand trial on charges of pulling the trigger.

Per the Associated Press, Eric Naposki and Nanette Packard are accused of murder.  Packard was McLaughlin’s former girlfriend, and she also was the beneficiary of a $1 million insurance policy on McLaughlin’s life.  In 1996, Packard pleaded guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from McLaughlin before and after his death.

Naposki, who played for the Patriots in 1988 and 1989 and the Colts in 1989, was romantically involved with Packard.  Naposki allegedly shot McLaughlin six times.

The pair will be tried separately.  Naposki’s trial starts first.

It’s unclear why so much time has passed between the crime and the commencement of the trials.