Girlfriend Convicted in Millionaire Love Triangle Murder

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SANTA ANA -- A Ladera Ranch woman was convicted Monday of first degree murder Monday for convincing her lover to kill her wealthy boyfriend to cash in on a $1 million insurance policy.

Nanette Ann Packard, formerly Nanette Ann Johnston, 46, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain and faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

Packard's then-boyfriend former NFL player Eric Andrew Naposki, 46, was convicted earlier of one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.

He faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing set for May 18.

In 1994, Bill McLaughlin, a 55-year-old pharmaceutical mogul, was shot six times by an intruder in his Newport Beach home.

McLaughlin ran a successful medical technology business and began financially supporting and living with Packard after meeting her through a personal ad in 1990.

While living with McLaughlin, prosecutors say Packard was also dating Naposki, a former NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

Naposki worked as a bouncer at the Thunderbird Nightclub, which was located in Newport Beach only 131 yards from the victim's home.

Prosecutors say Packard convinced Naposki to murder McLaughlin for financial gain.

She provided Naposki with a key to the McLaughlin's home and information about his schedule and when he was expected to be at the house, prosecutors said.

Packard had a $1 million life insurance policy on the victim and had provisions in his will that she would receive $150,000 in the event of his death and would have the right to live in his beach house rent free for one year.

Prosecutors say on the night of Dec. 15, 1994, Naposki entered McLaughlin's home using the house key and shot the victim six times while he was standing in the kitchen.

McLaughlin's son was upstairs listening to music and heard the gunshots.

The victim's son found his murdered father and called 911.

Naposki fled the scene and went to work.

On the day before the murder, Packard wrote a $250,000 check from one of McLaughlin's accounts and deposited it into her personal account, which posted the Monday after the murder.

In 1995, she was charged with grand theft for stealing close to $500,000 from McLaughlin before and after his murder and sentenced to one year in jail.

But the murder case went cold until charges were filed in 2009 based on a review of the original evidence.

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