Eric Naposki Murder Sentencing Delayed
|Naposki: Delay of game|
Naposki entered Superior Court Judge William Froeberg's courtroom wearing a pink button down shirt, khaki pants, and, of course, the trademark smug look of a man who still doesn't appreciate he is presently on par with a cockroach.
Last year, an Orange County jury convicted Naposki of killing William McLaughlin, a Newport Beach inventor and businessman worth about $55 million in Dec. 1994. At the time of the killing, Naposki was dating Nanette Ann Packard, McLaughlin's live-in girlfriend. Prosecutor Matt Murphy believes Naposki and Packard conspired together in the hopes of stealing a portion of the dead man's fortune. Packard's jury began deliberations late yesterday.
In court today, Naposki's natty, loyal-to-a-fault New York-based defense lawyers--John Pappalardo and Angelo MacDonald--asked Froeberg for the sentencing delay, Murphy didn't object and the judge granted the request.
The only words Naposki--whose wrists were chained to his waist--uttered were, "Yes, I am your honor," after Froeberg essentially asked him if he is happy with the delay.
Two bailiffs then took the killer to a nearby cell where he once again asked for a meeting with Orange County DA super-sleuth investigator Larry Montgomery. After his conviction, Naposki has been claiming he knows the identity of the real killer. One clue: It's not him. Montgomery emerged about 15 minutes later but didn't seem in a rush to throw handcuffs on a new suspect in the case.
CBS 48 Hours interviewed Naposki last year after the trial and aired a surprisingly sympathetic piece that left out numerous key incriminating facts.
This week, Dateline NBC producers got their time with him inside the Orange County Jail.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly