Nanette Packard Guilty of 1994 Newport Beach Murder of Wealthy Businessman

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Accused murderer Nanette Ann Packard entered a hushed Santa Ana courtroom this afternoon from her holding cell and, if her frown and slouching shoulders were any indication, didn't believe she'd be receiving happy news.

Packard's instincts were right.

During a hearing that lasted nine minutes, an Orange County jury of nine women and three men announced a guilty verdict for the Dec. 1994 ambush killing of Packard's boyfriend, wealthy Newport Beach businessman William McLaughlin.
Packard, 46, showed no emotion, but her adult daughter wept. Nearby, McLaughlin's two adult daughters looked relieved. Reporters from numerous Southern California news outlets as well as producers for various network news programs scribbled notes. 

The verdict, reached in less than four hours, means that this notorious defendant is now officially a gold-digging slut, liar, thief and murderer.

It also means that Packard, who managed to outrun justice for a whopping 6,248 days, will likely never see freedom again. But that's up to Froeberg. The judge has scheduled a May 18 sentencing date for her and her partner in crime, ex-New England Patriot's linebacker Eric Naposki.

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Packard's final moments before officially becoming a murderer

Michael Hill, Packard's public defender, had passionately argued that while his client was a slut, thief and liar she wasn't a killer. According to Hill, Naposki acted alone. During Naposki's trial, his New York-based legal team claimed that Packard was the killer. Go figure.

The cold-case crime is now officially solved because the Newport Beach Police Department refused to close the case. NBPD also deserves credit for being professional enough to ask for the help of homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy and arguably Orange County's most skilled law enforcement detective, DA investigator Larry Montgomery. The joint investigation produced new, damning leads many years after the killing.

Naposki--probably the cockiest murder defendant in Orange County history, even after a jury essentially declared him a cowardly scumbag several months ago--continues to tell any TV news crew willing to visit the Orange County Jail that he's innocent and knows the identity of the real killer.

Back in reality: Using keys provided by Packard, who lived with McLaughlin, Naposki entered the millionaire's Balboa Coves waterfront home, caught his victim unarmed in his kitchen and fired six hollow-tip bullets into him before fleeing.

How's this for an uplifting contrast: Jenny McLaughlin, the murder victim's oldest daughter, spent part of the day before the verdict passionately lobbying reporters to write about Free Wheelchair Mission, an international charity that provides wheelchairs to handicapped people in Third World countries.

"It's a really good cause," she said.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
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Mile Grinder
Mile Grinder

Hmmm. Nice pics. Wondering if the large, butch female shot-callers on the pods at Chowchilla or Frontera can get the OC Weekly. Interesting to see the group dynamics once she clears reception and gets assigned to GP.

Denise H.
Denise H.

Congrats to the Newport Beach police department, the District Attorney's Office, Larry Montgomery, Matt Murphy and everybody else who has worked hard to put this murderer behind bars where she belongs.

Good job! You get an "atta boy" for this one.  At least McLaughlin's daughters will have the peace of mind knowing that these two creeps Eric Naposki and Nanette Johnston-Packard-McNeil or whatever the hellz her name is are both going to rot in jail for the rest of their lives. It won't bring back their dad but at least these two POS  are not walking around free as a bird.  Hard to believe that three men married this lady and a fourth wanted to. This lady is butt ugly without her hair extensions, 10 pounds of makeup and South Coast Plaza wardrobe. Her hair especially looks like a fright wig which is fitting since she is nothing more than a thief, a liar, a con artist and a murderer.  Rot in jail Nanette and Eric.  


I like this article a lot. Good writer's voice. Sassy, yet very informative. Thanks. 


Lets move on and prosecute the murderers of Thomas Kelly.

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