CBS "48 Hours Mystery" on Saturday Features OC Murder By Ex-NFL Linebacker Eric Naposki

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For all of you wondering what a murderous, ex-NFL buffoon sounds like should tune into CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" for "Murder in the OC" on Saturday night.

The hour long show will focus on Eric Naposki--a former Indianapolis Colt and New England Patriot turned dirt poor Orange County bar bouncer, who was convicted earlier this year for being half of a money-hungry duo that murdered ultra-wealthy Newport Beach businessman William McLaughlin in Dec. 1994.

Newsflash: Naposki, a current 44-year-old Orange County Jail resident who faces life in a California prison when sentenced, is claiming that he knows the identity of the real killer.

Are you seated? Can you breathe? It's not him, he's telling anyone who'll listen.

(No word yet on why the former NFL linebacker waited until he'd been convicted of murder before he volunteered that he can finger the real villain.)

Nanette Packard Johnston, Naposki's accused accomplice and the victim's fiancee, faces veteran homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy and her own murder trial in coming weeks. She is represented by public defender Mick Hill.

According to a Boston Globe story today, Naposki is claiming that Johnston, his lover at the time of the crime, hired a hit man to kill McLaughlin.

"My alibi was true," he told Globe reporter Stan Grossfeld in a jailhouse interview.

New York author Stella Sands is preparing a book on the case and also extensively interviewed Naposki this week.

The CBS show airs at 10 p.m.

NBC's "Dateline" is also preparing its own related show.

You can read previous Weekly coverage of the case HERE, HERE and HERE.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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Favre4evers
Favre4evers

i beg to differ...nanette is a woman that has forever touched lives...some you say in a bad way...well i must say this woman has forever touched my life and my heart. She is very strong and beautiful since when is that a crime? nanette was there for me in a time of my life when i truely felt nobody cared we came from 2 different worlds but let me tell you she is 110% a  woman whos heart and soul is as good as the good man who made it... GOD KNOWS!!! Nanette has no clue that iam even writing this today nor have we spoken in quite awhile, but i hope she will forever know that some of us REMEMBER THAT SHE IS A MOTHER, DAUGHTER, SISTER , SPOUSE AND A TRUE FRIEND AND WE HAVE ALL BEEN BLESSED...I LOVE YOU NANETTE AND I HAVE NEVER FORGOT!!!!     LOVE ALWAYS, DAY XOXO

Suzie
Suzie

Wrong person in jail, Nanette is guildy in 1st degree. She had both men fooled, M. McLaughlin and M. Naposki. She commited this crime by herself and wanted these 2 men gone, and she accomplished it one is dead and the other one in jail. Very bad judgment, Nanette should be in jail and Eric should be free. So sorry for both families the McLaughlin and the Naposki.

67Insider
67Insider

Naposki is such a dumb shit.  And this "NFL" title attached to him doubles me over.

The SECOND best Murphy closing argument line in the trial (#1 being the "mind-fuck" analogy): 

"Mr. Naposki's career didn't quite take off" [Murphy pauses, looks straight at Naposki sitting at defense table]......a little wink to Meathead Naposki may have topped this one!!

Denise H.
Denise H.

If you had any money she would find a way to steal or kill you for it.

Spicy Mike
Spicy Mike

Sounds like you know this POS Nanette personally.

Mc3363mc
Mc3363mc

His career in the NFL may not have taken off but I think it did after the murder in the NFL Europe Barcelona team. Where he made much more than the league min in the NFL.  I am truly amazed that we can convict people without physical evidence, but in OC that does not surprise me.  They are the last bastion of conservative views in a state of full of left wing nuts.  My guess is that they have not sentenced him because they want o see what comes out in the Packard trial.  His defense team was not a good one either.  I would argue that this case would not go to trial in 75% of the other jurisdications in this country.  I never could figure out what new evidence they presented that they did not have in 1994.  I seems weird to me that they brough the charges 15 years after the crime...it stinks of a prosecuter with other desires, perhaps looking to make a name for himself and future political aspirations.    

Spicy Mike
Spicy Mike

Excuse me Mc3363mc, but what is a jurisdication?  Is that anything like jurisdiction?  Just sorta wonderin'.

67Insider
67Insider

My guess is that the sentencing has been put off due to psyc issues.  Or maybe Dept. of Corrections figuring out where to put "Golden Boy" amongst all the MS-13 folks who are incarcerated in CA. 

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