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

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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.

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20 Responses to “Former NFL linebacker faces trial in 17-year-old murder”
  1. duanethomas says: Jun 19, 2011 6:38 PM

    He played for 3 teams in a two year career, I guess he “played in the NFL”. Non-story.

  2. brownsfrown says: Jun 19, 2011 7:18 PM

    I blame the lockout for his actions.

  3. mcarey032 says: Jun 19, 2011 8:05 PM

    “brownsfrown says: Jun 19, 2011 7:18 PM

    I blame the lockout for his actions.”

    I guess Ray Lewis is Nostradumas.

  4. 1buckeye76 says: Jun 19, 2011 9:12 PM

    I’m glad he wasn’t a Bengal.

  5. obsession55 says: Jun 19, 2011 9:13 PM

    Ray Lewis did it

  6. macjacmccoy says: Jun 19, 2011 9:34 PM

    brownsfrown says:
    Jun 19, 2011 7:18 PM
    I blame the lockout for his actions.

    hilarious. my cheeks hurt.

  7. theblowtorchreview says: Jun 19, 2011 10:59 PM

    What a way to end a stellar career…………..

  8. socalboy08 says: Jun 20, 2011 12:44 AM

    this is ray lewis role model…

  9. virusgvr says: Jun 20, 2011 1:08 AM

    All of these comments are funny as hell!!! Hahahaha!!

  10. dannymac17 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:55 AM

    besides all the ha ha’s, 17 years? and havent even been to trial and convicted? tax dollars hard at work here folks.

  11. joetoronto says: Jun 20, 2011 5:37 AM

    This is right out of a movie.

    They both kill someone for money, and then she kills her partner in crime for money.

  12. okiny says: Jun 20, 2011 7:05 AM

    joetoronto says: Jun 20, 2011 5:37 AM

    This is right out of a movie.

    They both kill someone for money, and then she kills her partner in crime for money.
    ———————————————–
    Nope, that’s not what is says at all.

  13. marinephinfan says: Jun 20, 2011 8:07 AM

    Well, I’m guessing that since he played for the Patriots the trial will be short because I’m sure they have videotape of the shooting.

    ZING!!

  14. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 20, 2011 9:07 AM

    He looks like Dr. Xavier from “X-Men” on steroids….

  15. allascowboys says: Jun 20, 2011 9:31 AM

    Well he needed the money seeing that Drew Brees doesn’t want to pay for retired players..

  16. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jun 20, 2011 9:40 AM

    Boy…and I thought they may have finally tagged Ray-Ray, when I read this.

  17. sp00nface says: Jun 20, 2011 9:58 AM

    Reason for the trial delay was because he was dropped as a suspect shortly after the murder. He had an alibi and the police had no physical evidence. 15 years later they arrested him on charges of capital murder. He’s been sitting in an Orange County prison for the last year awaiting trial.

  18. newyorkrules6688 says: Jun 20, 2011 12:18 PM

    Ray Lewis is a future hall of famer obsession 55 you are a nobody hop off please

  19. pkrlvr says: Jun 20, 2011 12:28 PM

    Here nyrules, I fixed it for you:

    “Ray Lewis is a future hall of famer, and an excellent stabber, obsession 55, you are a nobody. Hop off please.”

    Btw, punctuation is your friend and exists so people can understand wtf you’re talking about.

  20. newyorkrules6688 says: Jun 20, 2011 12:36 PM

    For your information “Einstein” the man did not stab anyone. Stop hating.

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