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Former NFL Linebacker Found Guilty Of Murder-For-Profit

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SANTA ANA (AP) — A jury has found a former NFL player guilty of killing a Southern California millionaire nearly 17 years ago.

Orange County jurors on Thursday found Eric Naposki guilty in the shooting death of William McLaughlin in his Newport Beach home in 1994. The panel also found true a special circumstance allegation that Naposki committed the murder for financial gain and that he personally discharged a firearm.

The former New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts linebacker was charged with murdering McLaughlin.

Authorities say Naposki was romantically involved with McLaughlin’s girlfriend, Nanette Ann Packard, who stood to collect $1 million in life insurance from McLaughlin’s death. She also is charged with murder and her trial is scheduled for later this year.

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