Woman Accused of Murder Denied Bail

Nanette Packard, of Ladera Ranch was denied bail by Judge Karen Robinson on her May 26th, 2009 court date in Harbor Justice Center. Packard is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend, Eric Naposki of killing Bill McLaughlin, Packards other live-in boyfriend in Newport Beach, Ca back in 1994. McLaughlin, an inventor of a medical device was worth multimillion dollars when he was killed in his home on December 14, 1994.

Orange County prosecutors have charged Packard with a special circumstance enhancement, presumably the theory being murder for financial gain. If convicted, both Packard and Naposki could be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP). By alleging this enhancement, the DAs office has effectively tied the hands of the judge, by not leaving the judge with any discretion for which to set bail. Thus, Ms. Packard and Mr. Naposki will have to await trial while in custody at the Orange County Jail, which could take years.

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