He was shot six times in the chest at the age of 55. Who are we talking about? Bill McLaughlin, a millionaire.
On Dec. 15, 1994, McLaughlin was discovered inside of his kitchen in Newport Beach, Calif. At the time, McLaughlin was living with 25 year-old Nanette Johnston. The two had met when he follow up on a dating ad in a magazine that was targeted at wealthy men.
They lived together at his high-priced home inside of a gated community where McLaughlin introduced her to “the good life.” She was young and beautiful; he was divorced and wealthy from the pharmaceutical industry, selling a device that filters blood.”
No one was arrested at the time of the murder. However, 15 years later, prosecutors decided to re-examine the evidence.
Johnston, at the age of 46, was charged with the murder, along with her lover, Eric Naposki, a former NFL linebacker.
According to the prosecutors, Johnston persuaded Naposki to kill McLaughlin so she could acquire millions from the death.
During that time, Johnston was in line to receive money from a $1 million policy, plus $150,000 from McLaughlin’s will and rights to his beach house. Furthermore, she was named trustee over McLaughlin’s estate.
In 2012, Johnston was found guilty of first-degree murder although her lawyer argued that Naposki acted alone in the murder. Her lawyer also added that Naposki murdered McLaughlin out of jealousy. Nevertheless, Naposki too was convicted of first-degree murder.
The prosecution argued that Johnston gave Naposki the key to the mansion, so he could enter the home and murder McLaughlin. They stressed the point that Johnston was having a secretive affair with Naposki and was stealing money from McLaughlin. Therefore, she had to get rid of McLaughlin before he found out the truth.
At the time of the murder, Johnston had pleaded guilty for stealing about $500,000 from McLaughlin and was sentenced to one year in jail in 1996.
In her statement, McLaughlin’s daughter, Jenny McLaughlin, said no one should be “interrupted while having dinner in the safety of their own home by a person pointing a gun at him…I feel very grateful to have such a wonderful father in my life for as long as I did. I wish he could have stayed with us longer and that God could have chosen his time to leave rather than a person with a gun and a greedy heart.”
Johnston and Naposki were both sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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